Welcome to the new SoS Andrew Lansley!

After nearly six years of waiting in the wings, Andrew Lansley will today arrive at Richmond House, home of the Department of Health on Whitehall, at last able to get his feet under the desk as the new Secretary of State for Health. He comes with unprecedented experience have been in the shadow post for so long, and well developed relationships with many of the key players in health and social care. As a former civil servant, he will have been able to well anticipate the layers of bureaucracy that await him and we hope, be arriving armed with his pruning gear. And it will be fascinating to see who his team now turns out to include although all of his shadow health ministers excelled in their briefs and to lose any of them will be a great shame. Let’s see what the day brings!


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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