Challenging Medical Power? Citizen and User Involvement within the English NHS
The paper will review the extent of citizen involvement across the NHS and the professional bodies in service delivery and health research governance. In examining the power play involved, I will be assessing whether the involvement reflects an empowerment or manipulation the parties involved. For while not the only factor, citizen and more especially user involvement has played a crucial part in the reconfiguration of the power relations between the medical profession, managers and the state, as well as the public. In this paper I will draw on a Foucauldian analysis of power informed by an Actor Network Theory analysis.