We’ve got to transform self-care

I have blogged here about prescription payments. But the main point is about ways to incentivise people to take back control of their healthcare. We’ve been lulled into state dependency at so many levels, including our ability to ‘self-care’ when it comes to health. GPs are overloaded with minor ailments – blocked noses, coughs and constipation. This costs the NHS massive amounts – in unnecessary appointments, prescribed and subsidised medication etc. A sustainable NHS cannot be achieved if we do not have the confidence, capacity and/or incentives to go and get some night nurse when that and some rest is really all we need.

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About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social pioneer, writer, campaigner and commentator. Formerly a clinical optometrist specialising in diabetes and visual impairment, she is the founder and Director of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal and Social. 2020health has through research, events and campaigning influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. In 2014, 2020health were founding partners of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Since 2016, 2020health has increasingly focused on digital health and public health in the community. Julia is a Fellow of the RSA and now also a part-time PhD student at the UCL Interaction Centre, studying the use of digital technology for stress management in the workplace. Julia has shared 2020health's research widely in the media (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions & Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 4 Today, PM and Woman's Hour, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.
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