Our response to the Future Forum

…. can be read in full here. We’ve called the report:

The NHS as a national asset

Putting patients and growth at the heart of the NHS

Because we truly believe that the NHS can both deliver better care to patients, stimulate economic growth and become a national asset that attracts more international custom. Some of our resommendations include:

  • Don’t hamper competition
  • Admit choice has its limits
  • Don’t undermine NICE
  • Put safety ahead of sentimentality – allow failure
  • Merge CQC and Monitor
  • Introduce payment-by-results for patients
  • Increase chances for co-payments

Whilst supporting much of the direction of travel the Health Bill makes some key omissions that would drive improved health benefits and stimulate economic growth that we cover: the adoption of technology to transform long-term condition management, extension of co-payments and incentivising personal responsibility in healthcare.

Competition has to be real, there has to be the chance of failure – otherwise we will repeat the mistakes of the banking crisis where high risks were taken on the assumption that the bank would not be allowed to fail – only in this case it means poor hospitals survive while patients die due to inadequate care.

Our recommendations come under three headings:

1.      Smarter spending  
2.      Improving the quality           
3.      Re defining the caring experience   

 

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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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