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Report Launch: ‘Power to the People: The mutual future of our National Health Service’

8th May 2014
  • ResPublica

The Launch of ResPublica's Latest Report

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ResPublica is launching its latest report: ‘Power to the People: The mutual future of our National Health Service’. Supported by Benenden Health, this ResPublica report sets out a new model of mutual health insurance to complement the NHS.

In light of the inevitable shift in emphasis from acute to chronic health services, the NHS as it currently exists is not fit for purpose. A combination of an ageing population; a steady increase in the cost of drugs and surgery; a surge in those suffering from long term conditions; and decreasing health budgets, all mean that the NHS as it currently stands is simply unsustainable and unable to match current demands let alone future burdens.

Under current arrangements, the NHS in England will see a funding shortfall of £53 billion by 2021/22 and it is predicated that long term conditions alone will bankrupt the health system before the end of the decade.

The NHS of the future will need to move from a system that deals with the siloed needs of patients, to a holistic form of care that caters for the needs of the patient in the round. We need a new system of healthcare that delivers personalised, holistic care in a cost-effective manner.

In ‘Power to the People: The mutual future of our National Health Service‘, ResPublica proposes a model for mutual health insurance that would operate within the NHS and commissioned by CCGs. Acting as the purchasing organisations for discretionary health insurance policies taken out for patients, these mutual organisations can not only reduce the financial burden on the NHS, but deliver the holistic and integrated care needed by those with long-term conditions.

The event will include a panel discussion along with question and answer session. Members of the panel include:

  • Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell MP, Chair, Health Select Committee
  • Barbara Keeley MP, Health Select Committee
  • Marc Bell, Chief Executive, Benenden Health
  • Professor Karol Sikora, Medical Director of CancerPartnersUK
  • Mo Girach, Chief Executive, Partnership of East London Co-Operatives (PELC)

The launch will be a private event, to which we will be inviting high level representatives from across industry, the mutual sector, Parliament and the media.

For more information about how to attend this event, please contact Felicia Bender by email at felicia.bender@respublica.org.uk.

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