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Press Release What Women Want: A Manifesto for Health 2010

"It's not about feminism, it's about equality of ideas"

Our new document What Women Want: A Manifesto for Health 2010 features the views of professional women from throughout the NHS and health industry. This report is a collection of policy ideas, analysis and discussion points that shares these experts’ visions for the future of healthcare.

Contributions include amongst others:

  • Baroness Jill Pitkeathly OBE
  • Prue Leith OBE
  • Dr Iona Health CBE (President of the RCGP),
  • Miss Su-Anna Boddy (first mother to be Council member of RCS),
  • Matilda MacAttram (Director of Black Mental Health UK) and
  • Nicola Hunter (Physio of the year 2009).

Some key ideas promotes by the authors:
1. Patients to hold their electronic health record
2. Remove the private patient income cap on Foundation Hospitals
3. Restoring the Health Visitor Register
4. Treating older people with dignity
5. More health education in primary schools
6. Restore the cachet of caring
7. National validation scheme for patient information
8. Guarantee child-only wards for children with mental health issues
9. Keep food a priority in schools
10. Community physios that everyone can access
11. Ensure spending on treatment is not undermined by spending on prevention
12. Raising the status and remit of senior nurses
13. A proper written curriculum for surgery training
14. Don’t push too much care into the community as it can’t cope
15. Free supermarket deliveries for the elderly
16. Technology to promote safety in the home
17. Allow biotech companies to share hospital premises
18. More community health support for parents

The purpose of this report is to address what 2020health’s own Chief Executive - Julia Manning, calls “the shocking under-representation of women in decision-making and policy in healthcare.”

Julia emphasises, “Women make up the majority of the NHS workforce, yet all too often they are denied platforms at conferences or a seat at the decision making table. To host conferences with an all male line-up is inexcusable.”

These opinion pieces are diverse. Gail Beer, a former NHS Foundation Trust Director in her chapter entitled Staying at Home, looks at ways of dealing with an increasingly ageing population and how the NHS can better care for people with long-term illness, without them having to be admitted to hospital. She proposes the adoption of movement sensors in the home and medication reminders through television sets.

Dr Iona Heath, the President of the Royal College of General Practitioners, in a chapter called Is prevention really better than cure? addresses the imbalance of NHS spending. She warns that too much money is spent on drugs intended to prevent disease which has the reverse effect of not spending enough on people who are actually sick. Iona argues that “no universal health-care system funded by taxation can pay for the pharmaceutical treatment of all risks to health, and yet this seems to be the current aspiration.”

The relationship between pharmaceutical industries and the NHS is also looked at by Barbara Arzymanow, Director of healthcare consultancy firm True Research. Barbara makes the case that it is innovation and investment in the private sector that drives pharmaceutical and biotechnological development. She states, “The UK has lost its edge in research and development...The Government and the NHS have a responsibility to pay high enough pharmaceutical prices to support the international effort to make research and development economically attractive here in the UK.”

In total, the What Women Want manifesto features contributions from seventeen health-expert women, and is designed to shine a light on the wealth of female talent in the NHS and wider healthcare industry.


Notes to Editors


2020health is an independent, grass-roots, think tank for health and technology interested in realistic solutions.

What we do
• Identifying issues and bringing informed people together to create solutions.
• Demonstrating how to improve health and quality of life through successful commissioning, competition and technology.
• Exploring the benefits of public and private cooperation.
• Examining the consequences of healthcare decisions on society, lifestyle and culture.
• Ensure policy reflects grass-roots wisdom and experience of professionals.
• Broaden involvement and debate on key concerns to give value for money.
• Build on the achievements of the present to create the vision for improved healthcare.
• Combining the experience of practitioners, experts and policy makers in the public and private sector through projects, research publications and debates.
• Restoring trust, confidence and responsibility to professionals and enabling people to have their say through active participation and networking.
• Publicising our work through the press, events and meetings with policy makers.
We are based in the heart of Westminster.
Current Interests
Commissioning; Mental health; Elderly care; Work and wellbeing; NHS IT; Value-based pricing; Long term conditions; Health and social care integration.

2020health Report What Woman Want: A Manifesto For Health 2010

What Woman Want: A Manifesto For Health 2010

In this manifesto 2020health has brought together some of the most experienced and competent women from the NHS, healthcare industries and health technology sector to share their views on the future of the NHS.
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