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Taylor, L. (2014). NHS SOS: how the NHS was betrayed – and how we can save it. J. Child Psychother., 40(3):333-336.

(2014). Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 40(3):333-336

NHS SOS: how the NHS was betrayed – and how we can save it

Lynne Taylor

This book review has taken longer than expected. I have struggled to write it, frequently placing it at the bottom of my ‘to do list’. This apathy has been frustrating, as the changes and future of the NHS are something that I feel passionately about. However, I realised that in the past year my attitude to the future of the NHS has drifted into a state of helplessness (at best) and avoiding/not wanting to know (at worst).

Reading this book has certainly shaken me out of this state. It has succeeded in putting me back in touch with my anger about what has happened and my fears for the future of the NHS. I must be honest in declaring my wish for every child psychotherapist to read this book and to understand how the NHS has been opened up to a private market with no regard to democratic process. I am not reviewing this book as an impartial observer. I am writing as a member of the public, patient and as a child psychotherapist who is committed to the NHS as a provider of equal, universal, high-quality services to all those who need it, not only those who will be able to afford it.


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