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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Keynote & Webinar: Healthcare Resilience with Jonathan Ashworth MP

IPPR is delighted to invite you to an event on healthcare resilience, with a keynote from Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Jonathan Ashworth MP, on 9th March, 10:00-11:15.

It is tempting to think of Covid-19 as an acute crisis – a one-off shock that can be put down to bad luck. Sadly, this is not the reality.

The evidence is clear that Covid-19 is not a once in a lifetime event, but rather a symptom of a chronic reduction in global health security. As a result, the UK will be at persistent and increased threat of similar disasters in the years and decades to come. That next crisis could be another pandemic. It could be anti-microbial resistance. And it could be amplified by climate change or an ageing population.

This means we need to prioritise resilience, domestically. The fact that the UK’s health and care system struggled during the pandemic can be traced to decisions taken during austerity. Going forward, we need to things differently. That means running the health system at the top of its game, not the top of its capacity. And it means having far better systems to anticipating and pre-empting major health shocks in the future.

Covid-19 also means we need to prioritise global health resilience. The pandemic proves that what happens elsewhere in the world impacts the UK. That means we need to take international action on climate emergency; fund life science research on major global challenges; and support global public health efforts.

Join us to discuss how the UK can lead the world on health and care resilience.

Speakers include:

  • Jonathan Ashworth MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
  • Dr Tollulah Oni, Clinical Senior Research Associate at MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge (invited)
  • Dr Clare Wenham, Assistant Professor of Global Health Policy, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

  • Chris Thomas, Senior Research Fellow, IPPR and author of the report Resilient Health and Care: Learning the lessons of Covid-19
  • Chair: Harry Quilter-Pinner, Director of Research and Engagement, IPPR 

Register here

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