Navigation Links
Report indicates that 'new' welfare reforms hark back to Victorians

The UK coalition government's planned NHS and welfare reforms, and their use of 'nudge' theory, hark back to ideas on welfare and recession from the end of the nineteenth century, according to studies by a University of Leicester historian whose research paper has recently been published in the Lancet.

Dr Kim Price's article entitled, 'The crusade against out-relief: a nudge from history' is his second in the Lancet within a year drawing parallels between past and present medical negligence.

Dr Price, a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in the School of Historical Studies, commented: "Broadly speaking, I am interested in medical negligence under state medicine and I have focused on the pre-NHS (pre-1948) welfare system in the UK.

"The instability of doctor-patient relations has led to a fragile balance of power that is by no means set for the foreseeable future. "The welfare debate has been divided for centuries by ideologically-driven attitudes to philanthropically, privately or publicly funded medicine.

"I see medical negligence as a complex relationship between time and place and, to varying degrees, society, law, ethics, medical practice, health professionals, and patients."

In his paper in the Lancet, Dr Price argues that the UK's Coalition Government has begun to tackle the annual deficit with the language and policy aims from the recession of 1870.

In the late 19th century the Conservatives instigated a policy to cut back welfare expenditure and lessen reliance on poor law out-relief. This included cutting medical extras and payments to lone mothers, widows, the elderly, the chronically sick, and people who were disabled or had mental illness.

The result, Dr Price believes, lowered the health of many families and increased the number of people who could no longer be supported at home.

Dependency was criticised by both government and ratepayers, until by the 1880s the Victorian obsession with thrift and self-help had taken hold throughout the voting classes. Philanthropy and charity, however, could not compensate for government aid, and institutional care drove up national expenditure.

Dr Price argues that, under current UK Coalition government proposals for GP consortia, and its potential conflicts of interest, the doctor-patient relationship is in peril of shifting too far in favour of doctors and undermining the trust of patients.

This too harks back to 19th century Poor Law doctors who had to choose between their private and public patients, resulting in widespread neglect of the poor. As a result relations between doctors and poor patients suffered.

At the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries the drive to cut welfare backfired and fuelled change. Liberal (and later, Labour) reformers raged against the "false economy" of a nation without welfare so that by the start of the 20th century, the tide had begun to turn.

The people's health took centre stage when working class people as a whole were allowed to vote, resulting in a series of Acts which led towards the creation of the National Health Service in 1948.


Contact: Dr. Kim Price
University of Leicester

Related medicine news :

1. Exercise Success for People Over 50: Reports of Improved Fitness, Circulation and Balance
2. New Report: The Internet Has More Influence Over Consumer Health Actions than Traditional DTC Channels
3. Reminds Consumers of Ways to Improve Credit Report and Score in 2010
4. Minnesota Department of Health Report: Nearly 6,000 Hospitalizations for COPD in 2007
5. Family Research Council: Planned Parenthood Report Oversexualizes Ten-Year-Olds, Undermines Parental Authority
6. New Report: $1 Cigarette Tax Increase Would Raise $418.8 Million for Texas and Cut Youth Smoking
7. New Report: $1 Cigarette Tax Increase Would Raise $18.6 Million for Montana and Cut Youth Smoking
8. New Report: $1 Cigarette Tax Increase Would Raise $24.8 Million for Wyoming and Cut Youth Smoking
9. New Report: $1 Cigarette Tax Increase Would Raise $43.3 Million for Utah and Cut Youth Smoking
10. New Report: $1 Cigarette Tax Increase Would Raise $113.9 Million for Colorado and Cut Youth Smoking
11. New Report: $1 Cigarette Tax Increase Would Raise $65.3 Million for Iowa and Cut Youth Smoking
Post Your Comments:
(Date:12/1/2015)... Illinois (PRWEB) , ... December 01, 2015 , ... ... and share medical images have been lifted as IMAGE Information Systems launches MED-TAB™ ... Society of North America Annual Meeting from November 29 to December 4, 2015. ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... For many X-rays taken at ... accurate interpretation by the radiologist. The marking utensils are so small, however, they ... found a way to alleviate this problem. , He developed the patent-pending MARK ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... CA (PRWEB) , ... December 01, 2015 , ... ... Health Center of Excellence (BHCOE) today announced that the organization has awarded Education ... San Francisco, with a Distinguished Award. The award celebrates exceptional special needs providers ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... ... Lutronic, a leading innovator of aesthetic and medical laser and energy-based technology, announced ... the United States. Clarity is a Superior Dual Wavelength Platform which combines two ... platform that is easy to own and operate. , For over a decade, ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... December 01, 2015 , ... XTC ... selected 10 semi-finalists to head to Las Vegas for CES 2016, the world’s largest ... CEO of Consumer Technology Association Gary Shapiro, Founding Partner of Pacific Investments Veronica Serra, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/1/2015)... Dec. 1, 2015   Nottingham Spirk , ... announced the publication of a free whitepaper ... Medical Market". The whitepaper gives medical product companies, ... penetrating this lucrative segment. Nottingham Spirk ... to manage their own health, save money (i.e., ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... BOULDER, Colo. , Dec. 1, 2015 ... ARRY ) today announced that its Chief ... present at the Oppenheimer Annual Healthcare Conference ... to participate in the conference through a ... , --> ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... BANGALORE, India and ... (NASDAQ, TASE: MYL) today announced that it expects to ... for developing country markets funded by international donors, TLE400 ... + Efavirenz 400 mg) for $99 per patient, per ... (CHAI) to develop TLE400. The significantly reduced price could ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: