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Regulating Healthcare: a Prescription for Improvement?
  1. S Leatherman1,
  2. K Sutherland2
  1. 12211 West 49th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55409, USA
  2. 2Judge Institute, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 1AG, UK;

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    K Walshe. Glasgow: Open University Press, 2003, £22.50, pp 238. ISBN 0 33521 022 8

    Regulation—the application of arm’s length, independent control over performance—is increasingly used in a wide range of commercial and public sector contexts throughout the world. Since coming to power in 1997, the UK’s Labour Government has relied heavily upon regulatory interventions as a mechanism to improve quality and performance in health care.

    This book is therefore a highly relevant and timely contribution to the literature. It is a comprehensive and authoritative work which illuminates the “Hydra-esque” nature …

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