Jeremy Hunt needs to balance diplomacy with determination

2020health comment on the appointment of Jeremy Hunt:

2020health congratulate Jeremy Hunt on his appointment as the new Secretary of State for Health.Gail Beer, Consultant Director at 2020health and former NHS Director commented:

“Andrew Lansley got the direction of travel right with the NHS but Jeremy now has a chance to help the public understand what the issues are and to help the NHS realise that they need to change what they do in order to meet the needs of the 21st century.

“What still isn’t plain is why the NHS has to change. Both professionals and the public need be told more clearly why old ways of working have to go – devising new income streams, reducing some provision and using technology all need to be considered.”

Julia Manning, CEO of 2020health and former NHS Optometrist said;

“Andrew Lansley was a passionate advocate for the NHS. He will be sorry to leave but as Leader of the House he will still attend Cabinet and I am sure will keep a keen eye on what happens in health.

“The NHS is in a state of transition and Jeremy will require both diplomatic skills to deal with the difficulties many are facing, but determination as well to ensure that radical new models of care are adopted. Professionals need to let go of paternalism, technology needs to be implemented to deliver care more efficiently and we all need to take more responsibility for our health. We can’t afford to be sentimental if we are to meet the needs of an ageing population.”

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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