’A book for all nurses by a man for all seasons’
Title: In Search of the Perfect Health System
Author: Mark Britnell
Reviewer: Dr Peter Carter OBE
What was it like?
The name Mark Britnell will not be readily known to most nurses unless you worked at the Universities Hospital NHS Trust in Birmingham where he was an outstanding Chief Executive and enjoyed huge respect from the staff.
I have always thought of Mark as a modern day Thomas More, the social philosopher who as Lord High Chancellor stood up to King Henry V111 and challenged the perceived wisdom of the day.
What were the highlights?
The book describes health care systems across the globe. It makes the point that no country has the perfect solution and it invites the reader to consider how countries as disparate as Indonesia and Switzerland have developed solutions to the bespoke challenges in their respective countries. It is beautifully written and as the fly note says, each chapter can be read in the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee.
Far too often books on health policy are weighty tomes that use language and concepts that render them impenetrable to busy people such as nurses.
Who should read it?
I thoroughly recommend this book to nurses and anyone with interest in healthcare. In addition to being so descriptive, it is rich with useful statistics and references.
Truly a book written by a man for all seasons.
It is symbolic that all royalties are being donated to Prostrate Cancer UK. Mark is a survivor of prostate cancer.
in search of the perfect health system