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 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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