The National Health Service is is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. It's the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation's most loved institutions ... so says the NHS.
Yet whilst many people would agree with this statement, many others are warning that the NHS, still sold to us as a national treasure, has changed beyond recognition. Out has gone dispersed community hospitals staffed and managed by dedicated doctors and nurses, and in has come super hospitals, big budgets, profits and losses, ballooning management, commissioning groups, change agents and transformational leadership. Of great concern to many people - those working in the NHS and those members of the public that pay for and use the NHS - is the ever growing evidence that the NHS is being privatised a step at a time. Welcome to Public Private Partnerships.
The UK Column held this event on 12th May 2018 to discuss these issues, and more.
Dr Lucy Reynolds
Dr Bob Gill is a family doctor and NHS campaigner based in South East London.
Dr Youssef El-Gingihy
Dr Youssef El-Gingihy is a general practioner at Bromley by Bow Health Centre, east London. He is author of How to Dismantle the NHS in 10 Easy Steps, published by Zero books. @ElGingihy
Unfortunately there is no video available of Dr El-Gingihy's presentation
Dr Graham Downing
Dr. Graham S. Downing is a consultant in Neuro-musculoskeletal & Functional Medicine. He graduated from King’s College London University where he trained in the clinical sciences and molecular biology and attended the Randall Institute as a research student whilst still under the Directorship of Dr Wilkins, Nobel prize winner for his co-discovery of DNA; and European Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, Surrey University where he received an MSc with a specialist area of research in psychoneuroimmunology in the clinical practice.
Dr Patrick Quanten
Dr Patrick Quanten MD ran a single-handed GP practice on Alderney, Channel Islands, for 18 years.
Video to follow ...
Dr Mark Jones
Doctor Mark Jones MBA PhD Ma PgDip PhD obtained his PhD at Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital and was later a highly respected researcher who won the NESTA fellowship award.
His time as a research fellow at a major NHS hospital was sadly cut short by his own mother suffering a stroke. In dedicating his time to helping her ongoing care, Mark was to discover much that did not make sense in the wider care and residential system for the elderly.
He now works with a wide base of individuals, including members of the public, NHS staff and carers themselves, all of whom are keen to alert others to serious failings within the NHS and wider care system, and actions which many would consider criminal.