The NHS turned 65 in 2013 at a time of significant change and unprecedented financial challenge. To mark this milestone, the Nuffield Trust and Royal Society of Arts (RSA) joined together to host a debate on whether the NHS settlement is still fit for purpose.
While the public consistently expresses strong support for the NHS, increasingly tough questions are being asked about whether or not the NHS can continue to deliver high quality, productive care at a time of financial austerity and rising demand for services.
The debate, held just days before the NHS’ 65th anniversary on 5 July 2013, brought together some of the most influential thinkers from the health sector and beyond, to debate whether it is time for the NHS to be retired off or whether there is scope for reinvention.
Speakers at the event included: Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell MP, Health Select Committee; Rt Hon Alan Milburn, Former Secretary of State for Health (1999 to 2003); Professor Raymond Tallis, physician, philosopher and cultural critic; Polly Toynbee, The Guardian; and The Right Hon Baroness Williams of Crosby, House of Lords.
The debate was chaired by Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive at the RSA and followed by the Nuffield Trust's annual reception.
This event was aimed at a senior level of policy-makers and practitioners.