Health Team with experience bodes well

Well it’s slow going but so far we know that Paul Burstow, Simon Burns and Anne Milton are in Andrew Lansley’s new team. They all come with a track record of involvement with health which will mean they can all hit the ground running! Simon used to be in Andrew’s shadow team before becoming a whip and his researcher went on to become

Paul Burstow

David Cameron’s private secretary; Anne was in the latest shadow team and brings her personal knowledge of 20 years of nursing to the brief, as well as her experience as a GP’s wife!

Paul Burstow has over 20 years experience of campaigning for and

Simon Burns

working on health issues as wide-ranging as disability, elderly care, public health, MS and skin.

They face a formidable task. Whilst they have a protected budget, the demands are increasing and to meet the costs of elderly health care and technology advances they have to ensure the NHS finds savings of £20Bn over the next parliament. We think this is possible as the NHS has been cash rich and although this has allowed for some clinical and capital investment, it has in itself as encouraged profligacy. Already Andrew Lansley is asking more of GPs, recognising their last contract was a salary bonanza for many. Pay freezes for others will also help bridge the gap. We wait for further announcements….!

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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