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How are public attitudes formed on the NHS?

16 December 2016

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The Committee on the Long-Term Sustainability of the NHS takes evidence from the Government's Chief Medical Officer, the Chief Scientific Adviser, KPMG and leading health journalists, in the last set of evidence sessions of its inquiry.


Tuesday 20 December, Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

At 10.05am

  • Dr Mark Britnell, Partner and Chairman, Global Health Practice at KPMG

At 11.00am

  • Professor Sir Michael Marmot, Professor of Epidemiology and Public Health, UCL
  • Professor Sir Mark Walport Government Chief Scientific Adviser (GCSA) and Head of the Government Office for Science
  • Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health

At 12.00 noon

  • Nicholas Timmins, Senior Fellow, King's Fund and Institute for Government and former Public Policy Editor, Financial Times
  • Denis Campbell, Health Policy Editor, The Observer/The Guardian
  • Professor Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet
  • John McDermott, Public Policy Editor, The Economist
  • Alastair McLellan, Editor, Health Service Journal

Areas of discussion

In the first session with Dr Britnell, questions cover international comparisons in health care provision, whether funding a health service from general taxation makes it more or less resilient and whether other countries are better at integrating health and social care.

The second session looks at how the burden of disease will change over the next 15 years, whether bolder action is needed on preventative healthcare and what can be done in the longer term to reduce health inequalities.

The final session includes questions on changing public attitudes to health care, how to facilitate a better dialogue with the public about health and social care funding and the witnesses' assessment of the current Government's approach to long-term planning for health and social care.

Further information

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