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 entrepreneur, writer, campaigner and commentator. She is based in London and is the founder and Chief Executive of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal. Through networking, technology, research, relationships and campaigning 2020health has influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. Julia studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991. Her career has included being a visiting lecturer at City University, a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital, working with south London Primary Care Trusts and as a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. She specialised in diabetes (University of Warwick Certificate in Diabetic Care) and founded Julia Manning Eyecare in 2004, a home and prison visiting practice for people with mental and physical disabilities using the latest digital technology, which she sold to Healthcall (now part of Specsavers) in 2009. Experiences of working in the NHS, contributing to policy development, raising two children in the inner-city and standing in the General Election in Bristol in 2005 led to Julia forming 2020health at the end of 2006. Julia is a regular guest on TV and radio shows such as BBC News, ITV’s Daybreak/ GMB, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions, BBC Radio, LBC and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week. She is mum to a rugby-mad son, a daughter passionate about Shakespeare, and wife of a comprehensive school assistant head-teacher. She loves gardening, ballet, Zimbabwe, her Westies Skye and Angus, is an honorary research associate at UCL and a Fellow of the RSA.
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