Labour's legacy to the NHS

Posted on Monday 26th July 2010

Professor Russell Mannion makes the case for considering significant shifts in management culture as Labour’s most enduring legacy to the NHS.

In a recent article in the Health Service Journal, Russell cites evidence from a data set of managerial cultures across English hospital trusts, compiled since 2001, which points to a significant shift to a more competitive management culture over the time period, developing in tandem with Labour’s pro-market health reforms. 

While the NHS is set on a course for structural upheaval, Russell notes that this underlying shift in traditional deep seated values and beliefs may be the most enduring legacy of New Labour.

Full report: Changing Management Cultures and Organisational Performance in the NHS (opens in new window)