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'Gray and Harrison have assembled an impressive array of authors to analyse the changing role of the medical profession. The contributions range from historical analyses of the relationship between government and doctors, to detailed examination of the implementation of clinical governance in the NHS. All offer important insights into an issue that lies at the heart of contemporary debates in health policy.' - Chris Ham, University of Birmingham. This book brings together the most pertinent discussion on clinical governance by some of the most eminent practitioners and researchers in the United Kingdom. Since New Labour's institution of clinical governance through its White Paper in 1997, there has been a good deal of debate about the history, theory and practice of Clinical Governance and the governance of clinical care.Divided into three parts, the book contains sections on: Medicine, autonomy and governance; Evidence, science and medicine; and Realizing clinical governance. Starting with the differing definitions of the term clinical governance, the contributors discuss the relationship of medicine and governance, the challenges that evidence-based medicine makes upon clinical practice and move on to suggest possible futures for clinical governance.Written by a team of experienced academics and practitioners, this book is aimed at reflective health professionals, as well as students and academics in the fields of health policy, health services management, social policy and public policy. The contributors include: Marian Barnes, Andy Bilson, David Byrne, Barbara Coyle, Pieter Degeling, Tracy Finch, Rob Flynn, Andrew Gray, Steve Harrison, Rick Iedema, John Kennedy, Fergus Macbeth, Frances Mair, Sharyn Maxwell, Carl May, Michael Moran, Maggie Mort, Nancy Redfern, Chandra Vanu Som, Jane Stewart, Barbara Telfer, Stephen Watkins, and Sue White.