Cameron Direct on Health

Julia Manning, Chief Exec of 2020health, has been asked to host the next ‘Cameron Direct’ which is exclusively on the subject of health. She has written this blog for the ‘Blue bog’ website:

When I think about how many thousands of patients I have seen in the NHS over the years, it really hits home what a brilliant institution the NHS is. I have literally seen sight restored to the blind, the lame walk and heartbeats return – and no-one then crippled by the bill. A national structure for treating the sick, the original model was literally a framework to enable health professionals to get on with their jobs.

This isn’t exactly how most people would describe the framework now. Excessive targets, activity pressures and perverse incentives are undermining the delivery of care. Professionals can feel at times that they have little influence on priorities, the public still struggle to have their opinions heard, and volunteer fundraisers are now threatened with nationalisation. Expertise, pride and goodwill are all being undermined.

I set up the web-based think tank in order to give frontline experience a voice, so I am delighted that the Conservative Party is engaging with both the public and health professionals in a special online ‘Cameron Direct’ devoted to its healthcare policies.

If you go to the Draft Manifesto page you can vote on what questions should be asked to David Cameron about those policies – either by submitting your own question, or rating others. Then on Friday I’ll put the most popular questions to David in a live webcast. There have already been 25,000 votes in the last day or so, so I hope you will have your say too.

This sort of direct exchange has to exist if we are serious about both democracy and improving the NHS and healthcare in the UK. I’m really excited about the public meeting on Friday – not because David will necessarily have all the answers, but because it’s a step towards re-enfranchising all of us who want to see the NHS thrive in the years ahead.


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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One Response to Cameron Direct on Health

  1. T Owen says:

    I hate to be a backward thinking health professional, but… health care is about caring for sick individuals and supporting healthier communities. To make mention of “Excessive targets, activity pressures and perverse incentives are undermining the delivery of care” only highlights the actions of previous Conservative Governments and compounded by successive New Labour Governments.
    i find it incredulous that there are still those out there who talk of the need for “competition in healthcare”. There is absolutely no need for competition; the “market” does not deliver greater choice and felxibility as has been shown by the banking system collapse. add to this is that no profit should be made of others suffering.
    i have no intention of stating how healthcare should be run, it’d take all my time to write the blog instead of getting on with caring for those people and communities i’m paid to care for!

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