TOPIC: "The National Health Service - The Challenge"
Since its inception in 1946, the National Health Service has provided a superb service to the nation. However, over the years there have been massive changes within which it has to operate as an organisation. Demands have increased because of an ageing population and treatment has shifted from nursing and medicine in the early days to the present time where use of costly technology has become more common with the need for even more resources.
In the political arena, we, the general public, only keep hearing of which political Party does/does not provide enough funding for the service and that approach is not good enough thus the time has come to remove the politics and examine the issues in more detail. As with any complex organisation there are several other factors involved all of which require examination and only when the issues are identified can we suggest the best solution that will enable the NHS to cope with modern day requirements.
At our CPF meeting we need to provide our ideas based on our shared experience gained whenever we have had to access the service provided by the NHS and through this process, we can offer suggestions to the NHS stakeholders on the best solutions so that the organisation can continue to deliver a great and worthwhile service. During the meeting, we will be supported by senior medical professionals and our political representatives, both local and Parliamentary.
The topic of "The National Health Service - The Challenge" will pose questions such as:
- Does the NHS meet its original objectives or should the objectives be extended?
- Do you wish to see an integrated or detached service (costs and impact)?
- Discuss the best option for future development considering PPE is a commitment being passed onto future generations.
- Should immigration rules be relaxed to fill vacancies and to what extent should the authorities use the Census to forecast future needs?
- To what extent should the Service rely on Contract labour?
- What limits in deciding budgets the profession and public is willing to tolerate?
- Identify areas of the service which in your experience require improvements in efficiency including contingency and planning for future pandemics.
- Discuss the manner in which the NHS coped with the demands imposed by the recent outbreak of Covid and how the Service can plan and budget to cope with these contingencies in the future.
- Consider all of the issues discussed so far and suggest the best criterion to be used in determining the level of for future funding.
- Are there any other observations you would like to make?
The full Discussion Paper can be downloaded below.
- Dr Andrew Murrison MP previously Parliamentary Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Health now Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Defence
- Danny Kruger MP
- Nick Stovold CPF Ambassador for the South West Region
- Sonny Hamid Chairman DCCA CPF
- Cllr Iain Wallis, Lead Member for the Economy Devizes Area Board
- Dr Nigel Knott
- Doors open for Buffet (6.00pm)
- Introductions (6.30pm)
- Presentation by Guest Speakers
- Open Forum
- Comments input
- Close (8.30pm)
LOCATION: The Peppermill Town House Hotel, 40 St.John's St, Devizes SN10 1BL
TICKETS: Tickets are £7.50 each and include a Buffet meal. There is also a Cash Bar for your drinks. The Event will be held in the Function Room on the first floor, please note, there is a lift. Parking is available in the street outside the Hotel.
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For more information on the Conservative Policy Forum, please contact the DCCA CPF Chairman, Mr Sonny Hamid on (07767) 618 919 / (01672) 811933