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£2bn of set-aside announced by DH to be “invested in one-off expenditure that supports and enables the achievement of quality and productivity improvements” which means redundancy payments to you and me. We don’t object, the profligacy in the NHS has included vast over-recruitment of paper-clip managers but there are two caveats:

1. All NHS trusts should be required to demonstrate their redesigned patient pathways which show not only how unnecessary some of these extra staff were, but how thought has been given to intelligent patient care and treatment journeys.

2. This will not be sustainable without sorting NHS IT – and we simply refer you here to our report – reviewed as ‘absolute common sense’!


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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