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 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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