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The Guardian Is there a future for the NHS

Image Is there a future for the NHS

At a Guardian Live event this week, health correspondent Denis Campbell was joined by Guardian members, leading experts and frontline staff for an honest debate on how to ensure the sustainability of the NHS.

So what happened? Is the NHS’s unique model of healthcare under threat? Is a publicly funded health service sustainable and are the political parties promising enough money?

Denis Campbell chaired an expert panel comprising Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, minister of state at the Department for Health; NHS England’s medical director Sir Bruce Keogh; BMA chair Dr Mark Porter; and CEO of thinktank 2020health, Julia Manning to discuss this issue. The audience included GP Dr Zara Aziz; Dr Peter Carter, OBE, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing; and former NHS mental health trust chief Lisa Rodrigues OBE.

So, is it all over for the NHS as we know it? Or is there a way forward that will ensure the UK retains an accessible, reliable health service?

“I was 22 when I was first told I was mentally ill and needed to see a psychiatrist. And I went home and sat in the bath and sobbed and sobbed, because my symptoms were all physical and no one took the time to explain to me that mental illness has physical symptoms. I feel that we have this false divide between mental and physical health. It’s incredibly harmful separating off mental health because just about every physical condition has a mental component and a lot of mental illness has physical symptoms.”

Julia Manning on Mental Health