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.”