In this volume, the strategic plans which set forth the thinking of Regional Health Authorities about the development of services for the next decade, and the methods for allocating resources throughout the NHS, are reviewed along with the structure and working of the DHSS, which is responsible for the health service policies of central government.
The analysis reveals a number of problems concerned with inadequate linkage between the various sub-systems involved. The writers seek to place these within an historical perspective and speculate about the way in which planning and resource allocation might develop for the future. In particular they suggest how the two mechanisms concerned with planning and finance might be reconciled and how methodology employed might be improved to secure better information.
Butts M, Irving D and Whitt C (1981) From principles to practice: A commentary on health service planning and resource allocation in England from 1970 to 1980. Nuffield Trust.