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….!

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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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