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   

 

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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