Taking inspiration from the 1647 Putney Debates, the Putney Labour Party is hosting a debate on the future of the NHS.
The debate will be chaired by our PPC Sheila Boswell and the panel will feature some fantastic speakers. However, it will be up to our audience to decide on the outcome of our debates! The audience will vote on the outcome of the debate using electronic voting pads, showing us what Putney really wants from the NHS. The panel includes:
- Dr Tom Coffey, GP and Clinical lead at the Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group.
- Professor James Barlow of Imperial College Business School.
- Jos Bell, Chair of the Socialist Health Association, London and member of the Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign Steering Group.
- Dr Clare Smith, a consultant Psychiatrist.
- Gail Adams, the Head of Nursing at UNISON
DR Stella Ambache, a retired GP who started working before the foundation of the NHS, will also address the meeting.
The topics debated will be:
The Big Picture - Can we afford the NHS or should we move to a health insurance model or pay at the point of delivery?
Local Issues - Issues surrounding access to GPs, walk-in clinics, waiting times at St George's A&E, waiting time for hospital treatment, cancer care and access to mental healthcare.
Efficiencies - Issues surrounding NHS staff morale and the links to patient experience, whether NHS reform should be top down or come from within and the value of competition vs collaboration.
Integrated Care: Mental and Physical Health - How can we link the local provision of social, mental and physical care to focus on prevention, care for the elderly and home care?