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Mutuality in the provision of Scottish healthcare

Mutuality in the provision of Scottish healthcare

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-232
Number of pages5
JournalScottish Medical Journal
Volume60
Issue number4
Early online date26 Oct 2015
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StatePublished - Nov 2015

Abstract

The backdrop to this article is provided by the Better Health, Better Care Action Plan (Scottish Government, 2007), Section 1 of which is entitled ‘Towards a Mutual NHS’. According to Better Health, Better Care (Scottish Government, 2007: 5): ‘Mutual organisations are designed to serve their members. They are designed to gather people around a common sense of purpose. They are designed to bring the organisation together in what people often call “co-production.”’ The aim of this article is to précis the current knowledge of mutuality in the provision of Scottish healthcare. In detail, it will: introduce the ‘mutual’ organisation; offer a historical perspective of mutuality; suggest why healthcare mutuality is important; and briefly, detail the differences in mutual health-care policy in England and Scotland. It is hoped that this analysis will help researchers and practitioners alike appreciate further the philosophy of mutuality in the provision of Scottish healthcare.

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