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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

State of Health and Care Conference 2022

Our health is in crisis. 20th century improvements in UK population health are reversing; UK health is lagging behind other advanced countries; and the NHS faces the toughest winter in its history. 

At the same time, the economy faces big, fundamental and long-term weaknesses. The labour market is struggling; productivity has failed to recover from the financial crash; and we are experiencing a chronic lack of growth. 

It is these twin challenges that have inspired IPPR to launch the Commission on Health and Prosperity - chaired by Dame Sally Davies and Lord Ara Darzi. Our formative hypothesis is that a fairer country is a healthier one, and a healthier country is a more prosperous one. Put another way, better health is the medicine our economy desperately needs.

12.15 - 12.35

Attendee arrival. Teas and coffees available. 

12.35 - 12.45

Welcome: Harry Quilter-Pinner, Director of Research and Engagement, IPPR

12.45 - 1.10

Keynote speech: Helen Whatley MP, Minister of State at the Department of Health and Social Care

1.10 - 1.30

Keynote speech: Lord Ara Darzi, Former Health Minister and Paul Hamlyn Chair of Surgery at Imperial College London

1.30 - 2.30

Panel discussion: Is health good for business?

Health is vital to prosperity – from productivity, to a flourishing labour market, to fair opportunity for all. The Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated awareness of this link among British business, who are increasingly calling for stronger health policy. This panel will explore why businesses think good health is important; what initiatives they’re taking forward; and what they want from government health policy.

  • John Godfrey, Director of Levelling Up at Legal and General, and former Head of Policy for Prime Minister Theresa May

  • Jordan Cummins, Health Director, CBI

  • Sian Elliott, Senior Policy Officer, TUC

  • Rachel Statham, Associate Director for Work and the Welfare State, IPPR

  • Ben Richardson, Managing Partner, Carnall Farrar

  • Chair: Georgia Banjo, Britain Correspondent, The Economist

2.30 - 2.45 

Networking tea and coffee break 

2.45 - 3.15

Keynote speech: Wes Streeting MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

3.15 - 4.15

Panel discussionAre flourishing NHS and social care services still possible?

Health and care are facing historic crises. This had led some to suggest the NHS’ founding principles are fundamentally broken – and that we must accept a move to a social insurance system, to a more market-based system, or to a more fundamentally unfair two-tier system. Yet demonstrably – whether looking to the 2000s, or other countries - universal health can work and support prosperity. This panel will ask what next for services, with a focus on revitalising universalism in the interest of health and prosperity.

  • Dr Penny Dash, Chair, North West London Integrated Care System

  • Sarah Sweeney, CEO, National Voices

  • Fazilet Hadi, Head of Policy, Disability Rights UK

  • Natalie Creary, Programme Delivery Director, Black Thrive Lambeth

  • Miriam Levin, Programme Director, Engage Britain

  • Chair: Parth Patel, Senior Research Fellow, IPPR

4.15 - 4.35

Networking tea and coffee break 

4.35 - 5.30

Panel discussion: Health inequality and the economy

Increasingly, evidence shows that health inequality is bad for prosperity. This panel will discuss the strength of this link – and what can be done to make good health a stronger feature of economic policy and ‘common-sense’. 

  • Lord Bethell, former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department of Health and Social Care

  • Sarah O’Connor, Columnist, Reporter and Associate Editor, the Financial Times

  • Samuel Kasumu, former Special Advisor to Boris Johnson

  • Dr Jessica Allen, Deputy Director, UCL Institute of Health Equity

  • Chair: Carys Roberts, Executive Director, IPPR

5.30 - 5.45

Closing remarks: Carys Roberts, Executive Director, IPPR

5.45 - 7.00

Networking reception

You can find more about the IPPR Commission on Health and Prosperity here.