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“2020health is an important and thoughtful contributor to the health debate”

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chairman, Health Select Committee

 
 

Party Conference 2012 Overview

We certainly made our presence known at Party Conference this year, with events at all three party conferences, covering topics from NHS reform to human trafficking, and from hospitals to ageism. We provoked some lively debate and drew in a diverse audience. 

 

Three of our events were held at both the Labour and Conservative Party Conference - 'What will doctors do now they are meant to be running the NHS?', 'Putting patients at the heart of the NHS - the importance of caring' and'Global Body Shopping - should there be any limits on what's for sale?'The different speakers and different audience provided us with the privilege of gaining a broader insight into the complex issues which are concerning patients, staff and policy makers in these areas today. 

 Left to right: Dame Helena Shovelton, Chairman, 2020health, Deborah Abrahams MP, PPS to the Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP, David Worskett, Director, NHS Partners Network, Dr Linda Patterson, Clinical Vice President, Royal College of Physicians and Dr Clive Peedell, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, made up the panel at the Labour Party Conference for 'What will doctors do now they are meant to be running the NHS?'

 

At the Labour Party Conference the Rt Hon Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive, Macmillan Cancer Support, Thea Stein, Chief Executive, The Carers Trust and Clare Pelham, Chief Executive, Leonard Cheshire Disability participated in a particularly powerful and personal discussion over the importance of the role of caring.

 

We are extremely grateful to Macmillan Cancer Support for sponsoring 'Putting patients at the heart of the NHS - the importance of caring' and the NHS Partners Network for sponsoring 'What will doctors do now they are meant to be running the NHS?' and making these events possible at both Conferences. 

 

Left to right: Thea Stein, Chief Executive, The Carers Trust, The Rt Hon Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, Julia Manning, Chief Executive, 2020health, Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive, Macmillan Cancer Support, Clare Pelham, Chief Executive Leonard Cheshire Disability

 

Our events at the Conservative Party Conference started with a session on on whether life sciences are at the heart of UK growth. The debate centered around the importance of making sure life sciences are key to growth in the UK and how to make sure this happens. George Freeman MP opened the event with a well informed and enlightening speech, other speakers included, George Freeman MP, Adviser on Life Sciences to Rt Hon David Willetts MP as Minister of State for Universities and Science, Stephen Whitehead, Chief Executive, ABPI, Dr James Hagan, GMEC at KCL and Alasdair McLeish, Acting Chief Executive Officer, National Voices.

 

On Monday 'Why the public should want hospitals to close' saw the new health minister, Dr Daniel Poulter MP, address a full room about changing models of care to keep people out of hospital and in their home. John Cruickshank, Consultant Director, 2020health highlighted the progressive change that the Veteran's Health Association in the US has under gone, bringing care to patients at homes through the use of telehealth. Others on the panel included Jeremy Taylor, Chief Executive, National Voices and Mike Farrar, Chief Executive, NHS Federation. Our thanks to BOSCH who sponsored this event.

Left to right: Paul Staines (Guido Fawkes), Marina Yannakoudakis MEP, Julia Manning, Chief Executive 2020health, Professor David Napier, Social Anthropologist, UCL, Mark Littlewood, Chief Executive, IEA and Ann Hamilton, Development Director, Human Trafficking Foundation

 

Other events at the Conservative Party Conference included 'Does prohibition ever work?''Why is looking young so popular?' and 'Global body shopping - should there be a limit on what's for sale?'The latter making for a provocative debate and split the panel - with Mark Littlewood, Chief Executive, Institute of Economic Affairs and Guido Fawkes emphasising the individual's right to sell whatever part of their body they want and Ann Hamilton, Human Trafficking Foundation, Professor David Napier, UCL, and Marina Yannakoudakis MEP highlighting that it is those that are the most vulnerable which are often coerced into selling their body parts and suffer negative mental and physical consequences.

Clinical commissioning and NHS reforms - Page 1 (PDF, 767 KB)

National Health Executive Magazine Nov/Dec 2012
Some of the biggest issues in healthcare were debated at the party conferences, including a session hosted by 2020health on what clinical commissioning will actually look like in practice.

Clinical commissioning and NHS reforms - Page 2 (PDF, 767 KB)

National Health Executive Magazine Nov/Dec 2012