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.”

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About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social entrepreneur, writer, campaigner and commentator. She is based in London and is the founder and Chief Executive of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal. Through networking, technology, research, relationships and campaigning 2020health has influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. Julia studied visual science at City University and became a member of the College of Optometrists in 1991. Her career has included being a visiting lecturer at City University, a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital, working with south London Primary Care Trusts and as a Director of the UK Institute of Optometry. She specialised in diabetes (University of Warwick Certificate in Diabetic Care) and founded Julia Manning Eyecare in 2004, a home and prison visiting practice for people with mental and physical disabilities using the latest digital technology, which she sold to Healthcall (now part of Specsavers) in 2009. Experiences of working in the NHS, contributing to policy development, raising two children in the inner-city and standing in the General Election in Bristol in 2005 led to Julia forming 2020health at the end of 2006. Julia is a regular guest on TV and radio shows such as BBC News, ITV’s Daybreak/ GMB, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions, BBC Radio, LBC and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week. She is mum to a rugby-mad son, a daughter passionate about Shakespeare, and wife of a comprehensive school assistant head-teacher. She loves gardening, ballet, Zimbabwe, her Westies Skye and Angus, is an honorary research associate at UCL and a Fellow of the RSA.
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