DeHavilland’s Public Services Team were delighted to attend the New Statesman’s Future of Healthcare conference and hear from a wide range of stakeholders and policymakers.
Despite all the talk of ‘doom and gloom’, panellists were overall optimistic about the opportunities that lay ahead for our health service – with prevention very much taking centre stage in discussions.
Shadow Health Minister Karin Smyth kicked off the day by reiterating Labour’s plans to look five to 10 years ahead in healthcare reform. Long-term planning is a welcome commitment, although it is clear that the current ‘firefighting’ on issues surrounding capacity and workforce is detracting from long-term healthcare ambitions.
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It was also great to hear Steve Brine talk in depth about (you guessed it) prevention. The Health Committee Chair spoke candidly about the need to reduce demand on the healthcare system and urged the Government to look beyond just its smokefree ambitions and see what can be done in other areas too.
Lord Bethell tied together key themes to come out of discussions by urging industry to deliver the NHS technologies that are proven, cost effective and can realistically be adopted by an NHS under strain.
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