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 is a social pioneer, writer and campaigner. She studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991, later specialising in visual impairment and diabetes. During her career in optometry, she lectured at City University, was a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital and worked with Primary Care Trusts. She ran a domiciliary practice across south London and was a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry.
Julia formed 20/20Health in 2006. Becoming an expert in digital health solutions, she led on the NHS–USA Veterans’ Health Digital Health Exchange Programme and was co-founder of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Her research interests are now in harnessing digital to improve personal health, and she is a PhD candidate in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at UCL. She is also dedicated to creating a sustainable Whole School Wellbeing Community model for schools that builds relationships, discovers assets and develops life skills. She is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine’s Digital Health Council.
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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