Representations of health care in the age of Thatcher
Wilson, S. (2009) Representations of health care in the age of Thatcher. In: The Shadow of Thatcher: Women, Feminism, Politics and Culture 30 Years On, Arnolfini, Bristol, May 2009.
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The paper looks at a TV medical drama broadcast in Britain in 1983 during the premiership of Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s who famously declared that ‘there is no such thing as society’. I investigate the ways in which the economic and ideological changes within the National Health Service (NHS) were rehearsed in dramatic form. The NHS is used to explore the ways in which shifting notions of ‘the public’ were imagined through the medium of medical drama. As such, this study engages with discourses on the ‘public’ emergent at a key moment in recent history.