What have junior doctors and Norman Lamb got in common?

Quite simply, it is an understanding of the need for politicians to consider a realistic funding settlement for health and care services, delivered by high quality professionals, that the public expect and a civilised society should provide.

This afternoon Norman Lamb MP will propose a cross-party commission to review future funding and structure of health and care services in England in the House of Commons.

We welcome this proposal and consider it vital that politicians are engaged in the questions on the future of funding health and care, which to date, most have them been avoiding. Meanwhile thousands of junior doctors are planning to strike over the terms of the government’s proposed new contract, the crux of which is expecting more of them under increasingly pressured conditions at the same price. (We wrote about this further here).

NHS funding has been the subject of study, speculation and analysis for decades as the demand for healthcare has continued to rise. Social care has likewise been on the receiving end of both reviews and ever more demand, but being means tested, ever tighter criteria have been applied for state-funded care. However there has been no cross-party review of the ability of the NHS to cope with future demand, or a fresh deliberation of the options for funding and for sustainable, equitable health and care services. Policy makers need to be involved in consideration, scrutiny and the devising of proposals for a comprehensive NHS fit for the 21st century.

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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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