Failing hospitals fill up with apoplectic politicians

If ever there was an issue that could strike fear into the heart of a politician, no matter their affiliation, it has to be hospital closures. Today the RCN has jumped into the ring, batting about the old idea that some hospitals need to close. The idea may be aged but the action has been negligible because there is barely a politician in the land who hasn’t campaigned to keep their local hospital / maternity unit / bunion clinic open. They and the public remain cemented to their local bricks and mortar regardless of the onslaught of catastrophes such as Mid Staffs and the Oxford Children’s heart unit.

We have previously blogged here and here and here on the need to bring the NHS into the 21st century; to move care into the community; ensure procedures are safe and quality is high. We need a new narrative to communicate that care is best where it’s safest; that medicine and technology can come to you and quite frankly that hospitals are full of germs. Hospitals grew out of the word ‘hospitality’ – which we associate with good care in the home. This is where it needs to return and we, the public, need to allow that to happen.


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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