What will a ConLib partnership do for health?

Well according to our policy tracker there is more common ground between the Tories and the Lib Dems than you might think. The big differences are that the Tories would want an Independent NHS Board, thousands more health visitors and an extension to practice-based commissioning for GPs. The Lib Dems want to scrap Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) and Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs) and replace them with local health boards; have a commission on the future of social care and involve other front-line clinicians such as pharmacists in commissioning (buying) of new services.

The biggest difference is in the Lib Dem’s reorganisation, which would cause a lot of upheaval in management and lose the NHS the strategic overview that SHAs give it. However the management must be downsized as the Tories readily acknowledge and the focus of the downsizing would be in PCTs.

We are still waiting to see if there is going to be a coalition, but either way, we suspect that health is not going to be a target for attention in the near future…..


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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