Opportunities & Challenges facing the independent health sector following the General Election

Published: 20 May 2015

“Opportunities and challenges facing the independent health sector following the General Election” was the subject for the Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell’s address at the inaugural Private Healthcare Breakfast hosted by Odgers Berndston, Berwick Partners and Odgers Interim on Tuesday 19th May.

Having held key positions of influence as former Secretary of State for Health and Chair of the Health Select Committee, Stephen was able to use his extensive experience and knowledge of the Health and Social Care sector to present our audience with a thought-provoking and inspirational address.

Stephen is of the view that the NHS is just one part of what should be considered a united Health and Social Care sector, and that we should be moving away from the NHS being considered a ‘national religion’ and exempt from the economies that other organisations, private or charitable, have to adhere to in order to survive. This echoes his long-term view and consideration of himself as a ‘bureausceptic’ - one who values efficiency and pace. He perceives the sector as essentially a ‘service sector’ which, as our population ages and our overall wealth increases, we, as consumers, are willing to attribute more of our disposable income towards.

However he also reiterated that the founding principles of the NHS, whereby health care should be accessible to all at the point of need regardless of personal circumstances, should remain sacrosanct but within the backdrop of ‘what matters is what works’ – a sentiment iterated by former Prime Minister, Tony Blair. Stephen called upon those present to lead and shape the future of the sector by the creation of new models of cost-effective solutions and the use of innovation and entrepreneurialism in the ongoing integration of health and social care.

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