Main Content

“2020health is an important and thoughtful contributor to the health debate”

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP, Chairman, Health Select Committee


2020health Press Release Equity and Excellence – is the NHS liberated?

As the Government publishes its health White Paper and associated consultations, 2020health asks is the NHS liberated?

Julia Manning, Chief Exec of has responded to today’s White Paper “Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS”.

‘We welcome the Government’s White Paper today. The NHS does need liberating from top down diktats and this Paper’s radical plans to change who holds the budget in the NHS from regional and local NHS Trusts to front-line GPs is very exciting.

This transfer of responsibility is a massive change in the way that the NHS is run. We think there will be enough doctors – it will take a few thousand to actively lead on this transformation – who will want to take the clinical lead. It will mean issues such as getting patients diagnosed and back to work as quickly as possible will incentivised.

 However this Paper doesn’t go far enough. Unreasonable demands that drain NHS resources from issues such as minor ailments, risky behaviour and ignorance are not being addressed although the moves to put patients much more into a ‘partnership’ mindset, improving patient information and in charge of their health record are definitely a welcome move towards encouraging responsibility.

We have some concern over GPs being burdened with too much of all that commissioning entails: buying, selling, planning, strategy, monitoring, evaluating, performance management, specialism appraisals, data collection, reconfiguration, IT systems. However we see real opportunities as a result for private contractors and Social Enterprises to become much more involved in providing and facilitating NHS services such as:

• Advising on aspects of commissioning
• Handling contracts and transactions
• Demonstrating their high quality outcomes
• Providing services and new pathways of care

You can’t get rid of administration, but in effect these reforms could mean they are transferred to streamlined organisations who will have to demonstrate the value for money that NHS ‘administrative’ trusts never did.’

Notes to Editors


2020health is an independent, grass-roots, think tank for health and technology interested in realistic solutions.

What we do
• Identifying issues and bringing informed people together to create solutions.
• Demonstrating how to improve health and quality of life through successful commissioning, competition and technology.
• Exploring the benefits of public and private cooperation.
• Examining the consequences of healthcare decisions on society, lifestyle and culture.
• Ensure policy reflects grass-roots wisdom and experience of professionals.
• Broaden involvement and debate on key concerns to give value for money.
• Build on the achievements of the present to create the vision for improved healthcare.
• Combining the experience of practitioners, experts and policy makers in the public and private sector through projects, research publications and debates.
• Restoring trust, confidence and responsibility to professionals and enabling people to have their say through active participation and networking.
• Publicising our work through the press, events and meetings with policy makers.
We are based in the heart of Westminster.
Current Interests
Commissioning; Mental health; Elderly care; Work and wellbeing; NHS IT; Value-based pricing; Long term conditions; Health and social care integration.

2020health response 2020health White Paper Response

2020health White Paper Response

2020health issues a response to the recent Government White Paper, 'Equity and Excellance: Liberating the NHS' and its subsequent consultations. read on 2020health White Paper Response

2020health Press Release White Paper Essentials – the prescription needed for success

Julia Manning, Chief Executive of has today claimed there are 10 essential factors for the success of plans due to be outlined in today’s Health White Paper. read on White Paper Essentials – the prescription needed for success