The UK’s most cherished institution, the NHS has recently been coming under a range of intense pressures with changes often triggering political chaos. Overworked medical staff, embattled hospitals and understaffed emergency departments are just some of the realities of Britain’s health care.
Earlier this year, the British Red Cross said the NHS was facing a “humanitarian crisis”, as hospitals and ambulance services struggled to keep up with rising demand. While the £350 million a week for the NHS has so far remained just a slogan on the Vote Leave bus, what is the future of our health service and what can be done realistically to stabilise its finances?
Added to this are fears that following Brexit many EU nationals in the health and care industries feel unwelcome and may leave the UK, while the need for care among the UK’s ageing population increases, leading to further shortages.
What should the government do to take the pressure off the health service? And what kind of reforms would help the NHS to run itself more efficiently? Join Denis Campbell, the Guardian and Observer health policy editor, for a panel discussion on the future of the NHS. Guests include Anita Charlesworth, director of research and economics at The Health Foundation; junior doctor, NHS activist and author Rachel Clarke, whose book Your Life in My Hands seeks to expose “the truth about life on the NHS frontline”; Sir David Nicholson, former chief executive of NHS England; and crossbench peer Lord Norman Warner, who in 2013 caused controversy by supporting a regulated market for NHS competition.
Running time: 90 minutes, no interval.
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