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The ‘Employer-dominated Households’ of National Health Service Staff

  • Dylan Tomlinson

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The subject of this article is NHS staff accommodation, about which, as with other comparable forms of shared peer group housing, little is known. It is noted that there is no obvious reason why privileges, such as the provision of subsidised staff housing, should continue to be accorded to the professions by government, especially given the contemporary concern of the latter that state agencies should not be landlords on a large scale. NHS recruitment difficulties, and possibly also the need for mutual support felt by those in stressful ‘care’ occupations provide some grounds for staff accommodation to be provided. But it is argued in this article that it is rather the onset of citizenship and displacement of corporatism which implies a civic obligation on residents to take control of developing this sector of housing.

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