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Community-focused care a hot topic for Benenden at party conferences

25th September 2015

Party conference season is underway and one of the key areas politicians and policymakers will be debating is the future of healthcare in the UK. As part of this, health and wellbeing provider Benenden will be facilitating discussions with key senior figures from the Labour and Conservative parties, looking specifically at how the health service could be improved.

In partnership with the thinktank Respublica, Benenden will be hosting panel discussions at the Labour and Conservative conferences entitled ‘A Better Health Service: Placing people and communities at the heart of care’. This will feature key healthcare figures debating the role of people and community-centric care models.  

At the Labour Party Conference (27th-30th Sept) Benenden’s panel discussion will be chaired by Denis Campbell, Health Correspondent for The Guardian and will include guests such as  Luciana Berger MP, Shadow Minister for Public Health and Adrian Sieff, Director of Improvement at the Health Foundation. Jane Abbott, Group Clinical Director for Benenden will also be taking part in the debate.

Benenden’s panel discussion at the Conservative Party Conference (4th-7th Oct) will have a similar format, with Dave West from Health Service Journal chairing the debate and participants including Andrew Jenkyns MP,  Health Select Committee Member and Dr John Giles, Medical Director of Benenden.

Benenden will also be co-sponsors of the Dods Health and Social Care Forum at the Conservative, Labour and SNP party conferences which will involve debates with senior politicians from each party on a range of health and social care issues.

Paul Keenan, Head of Communications at Benenden said:

“This year’s party conferences are key opportunities to engage with politicians and policymakers on the future of healthcare following the recent general election.  The panel discussion events have been designed to facilitate thought-provoking conversations about how a community-focused delivery model could improve how care is delivered.

He continues;

“Benenden believes that member owned mutuals have a role to play supporting the NHS in terms financing healthcare across the UK.  We only need to look to the success of our colleagues in Europe, where the mutual model is well understood and where it supports their own national health provision, to see that this is a sustainable model. We believe it is essential that healthcare stakeholders and senior politicians reflect and debate the future of healthcare and look at all the options for improving how care is delivered.”

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