Resources: The past, present and future of the NHS

The National Health Service is a core element of modern British life. It was created in 1948 with the founding principles of a fully comprehensive system, universal in coverage and being free at the point of delivery. When launched, it had a budget of £437 million, but by 2015/16 it had grown to around £116.4 billion.

There has been considerable debate about its future, and much concern about its ability to manage burgeoning demand and the huge developments in medical science in the face limited financial resources.

This resource page provides valuable material that will inform thinking about the various pressures on the NHS, and possible future developments. Speakers, with a range of different backgrounds and perspectives, illuminate the current problems and their origins, as well as the range of options that exist for the future of the NHS.

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lectures

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Professor Sir Simon Wessely, President, Royal Society of Medicine

Date: 19th August 2017
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28:10

Dr Ruth Allen, Chief Executive, British Association of Social Workers, Dr Rachel Clarke, Junior Doctor Campaigner and Author, Liz McAnulty, Chair of Trustees, Patients Association, Dr Sarah Wollaston, Conservative MP and Chair, Health Select Committee

Date: 19th August 2017
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16:29

Nigel Edwards, Chief Executive, The Nuffield Trust, Dr Clare Gerada, Former Chair, Royal College of General Practitioners, Professor Richard Murphy, Professor of Practice in International Political Economy, City University and Lara Carmona.

Date: 19th August 2017
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27:30

Anita Charlesworth, Director of Research and Economics, The Health Foundation and Honorary Professor in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham, David Lock, Barrister and QC specialising in NHS law, former MP and Minister, Peter Roderick, Principal Research Associate, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University, Professor Neena Modi, President, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and Philippa Whitford, SNP.

Date: 19th August 2017
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36:46

Professor Stephen Hawking

Date: 19th August 2017
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