The NHS at 70 debate: How can the NHS survive and thrive for another 70 years?

The NHS at 70 debate: How can the NHS survive and thrive for another 70 years?

Event Details

  • Venue : RCP London, 11 St Andrews Place, Regent’s Park, London NW1 4LE
  • Date : 09 May 2018
  • Event Time : 6-9.30pm (including drinks reception)

A series of debates delivered in partnership by NHS Providers, NHS Clinical Commissioners, Royal College of Physicians, National Voices and Ipsos Mori.

The NHS is at a watershed moment as it approaches its 70th anniversary on 5 July 2018. It remains one of the most treasured institutions in the UK. But it faces severe challenges from: rapidly rising demand for care from an ageing population with more complex needs, the increasing cost of new drugs and technologies, a workforce that is stretched to its limits and declining performance against key targets – all set against the backdrop of the longest financial squeeze in the NHS’s history.

Polling continues to show there is overwhelming public support for the NHS’s founding principles, and hope is offered through innovative new ways of working that are providing more joined-up care for the public. But some want the NHS to reform faster and the government and public are now facing up to tough and unavoidable choices about the service’s future.

This is the first of two debates that will bring together experts and commentators to give their views on the solutions they think are needed to ensure the NHS thrives for another 70 years. The debate will be chaired by Nicholas Timmins, former public policy commentator at the Financial Times and senior fellow at the King’s Fund. The expert panel includes:

  • Baroness Cavendish of Little Venice, independent peer, Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School, and former Head of the Number Ten Policy Unit under David Cameron
  • Polly Toynbee, Columnist at the Guardian
  • David Oliver, Clinical Vice-President of the Royal College of Physicians
  • Anya de Iongh, Patient Editor of the British Medical Journal
  • Philip Collins, Columnist at The Times
  • Ben Page, Chief Executive, Ipsos Mori

The debate will be followed by a drinks reception and the chance to network with the panel and colleagues from across the health and care sector.