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DP0706 Did ‘Targets and Terror’ Reduce Waiting Times in England for Hospital Care?

Abstract: Waiting times have been a central concern in the English NHS, where care is provided free at the point of delivery and is rationed by waiting time. Pro-market… read more

DP0705 Comparing For Improvement: Local Government Performance Regimes in England, Scotland and Wales.

Abstract: This paper describes the origins, operation and impact of three performance regimes in England (Comprehensive Performance Assessment), Scotland (Best Value Audits) and Wales (Wales Programme for Improvement). The… read more

DP0704 Managing the Discharge and Post-acute Care of Hospital Inpatients: Notes from Camden and Islington, London

Abstract: This article examines the discharge and post-acute care of hospital inpatients. It arises out of research funded to investigate the implementation of the Community Care Act (2003) –… read more

DP0703 Can we tell if government policies are working? Interpreting government data on delayed discharges from hospitals

Abstract: Reducing the number of patients whose discharge from hospital is delayed has been the focus of recent government policy. The 2003 Community Care (Delayed Discharges) Act was enacted… read more

DP0702 Survey on the implementation of the Community Care (Delayed Discharges) Act (2003)

Abstract: This article describes a survey of Social Service Departments (SSDs) in England on the implementation of the Community Care (Delayed Discharges) Act (2003) which was legislated to help… read more

DP0701 The Innovative Capacity of Voluntary Organisations: Survey evidence from a replication study

Abstract: The long history of voluntary and community organisations (VCOs) as pioneers of public services has led to reification of the innovativeness of these organisations. Is this reification justified… read more

DP0501 What’s Measured is What Matters: Targets and Gaming in the English Public Health Care System

Abstract: In the 2000s, governments in the UK, particularly in England, developed a system of governance of public services that combined targets with an element of terror. This has… read more

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