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.

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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