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MP Norman Lamb heads up agenda on study trip for international health mutuals

16th January 2017

Health and wellbeing mutual Benenden will be playing host this week to a study trip organised by the International Association of Mutuality (AIM), which will explore the UK health system and the role of the NHS, especially the provision within England.

A special debate with Norman Lamb MP on the politicisation of the healthcare system in the UK heads up the agenda for the London-based gathering of directors from businesses across Europe .

The event - held over two days - will also include key speakers from the public and private healthcare sector, including Public Health England, Healthcare Foundation, London South Bank University, National Association of Primary Care and Babylon Health. Topics will include NHS funding, digital health, primary care and the relationship between the public and privates sector.

Blandine Cassou-Mounat, External Affairs Manager at Benenden, said: “We’re delighted to welcome key figures in the mutual sector from across Europe to this event which aims to give them a real insight into how the English health system works and how mutuals such as Benenden can operate as part of that. 

“We have a fantastic line-up of speakers, with a diverse range of topics on the agenda and we feel this will be a great opportunity to showcase the country’s health system to our European colleagues.”

The specific focus on the English aspect of the UK health system enables the study trip participants to focus on a single system, without needing to navigate the subtle differences in devolved NHS provision across the countries of the United Kingdom.

Jean Hermesse, Secretary General of the Christian Mutuality, who provide healthcare cover to 4.5 million people in Belgium and who will be attending the event said: “We have been impressed by the political focus of the UK health systems and the ongoing debates about the future of healthcare. In this context Benenden stands out as a mutual provider focused on delivering the best service for its members respecting the fundamental value of solidarity. We are looking forward to learning more about the complexities of the UK healthcare systems on the trip.”

For more information about AIM visit www.aim-mutual.org/

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