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Private Healthcare Breakfast
On 19th May, Odgers Berndtson, Odgers Interim and Berwick Partners hosted our inaugural breakfast event for the Independent Healthcare sector. In the bright, spacious surroundings of Roast in London’s Borough Market, Chairmen, CEOs and HR Directors from the sector gathered to discuss the recent General Election and its implications for the future of the industry.
Our guest speaker was the Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell, a former Secretary of State for Health and the first elected Chair of the Health Select Committee. Now a Senior Adviser to KPMG, Stephen drew on his vast knowledge of Health and Social Care policy past and present to deliver a fascinating and thought-provoking talk on the challenges and opportunities which lay ahead for the Health sector.
Stephen stated his belief that a change in rhetoric is needed to move healthcare away from the NHS being considered ‘a national religion’ and that it should instead be recognised as an essential ‘service sector’, which accounts for close to 10% of UK GDP; as essential to our economy as any other sector. He emphasised that the founding principles of the NHS – available at the point of need, regardless of an individual’s ability to pay – are sacrosanct and should remain as such. However he also echoed the sentiment of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, that ‘what matters is what works’ and that collaboration between the public and private sectors is essential if the Health & Social Care sector is to overcome some of the significant challenges which lay ahead.
With this in mind, Stephen challenged the assembled independent sector guests to take the lead, to innovate and to create new models of cost-effective care delivery, which can shape the future of healthcare provision in our country. He discussed forthcoming plans to integrate Health and Social Care and pointed to devolution proposals in Manchester as one way in which this could be approached. One Chief Executive remarked that the talk was ‘very invigorating’ and said that ‘it reminds you of the big picture and what we’re all working towards, which is essential when we spend so much time caught in the detail’.