Launch of the LSE-Lancet Commission

Hosted by the Department of Health Policy

Online public event, United Kingdom

We are delighted to invite you to the launch of the LSE-Lancet Commission report on the “Future of the NHS: Re-laying the foundations for an equitable and efficient health and care service post COVID-19”.

The issues raised by the Commission are wide-ranging, from establishing sustainable funding to securing a sufficient and skilled workforce. Crucially, the Commission also considers recommendations to strengthen preparedness to protect against further acute shocks and major threats to health like the COVID-19 pandemic, including measures to address health inequalities in the population and the difficulties in accessing consistent and high-quality health and social care, while also considering changing health care needs set against the background of shifting public expectations and involvement in health care.


Opening Statements

Elias Mossialos, LSE
Richard Horton, Lancet

Key messages (pre-recorded video): Commission co-chairs Elias Mossialos, and Alistair McGuire, LSE, and co-research leads Michael Anderson, LSE and Emma Pitchforth, LSE / University of Exeter.

Presentation: Funding

Anita Charlesworth, Health Foundation

Presentation: Social Care

Martin Knapp, LSE

Presentation: Workforce

Dame Jill Macleod Clark, University of Southampton

Presentation: Diagnosis

Sir Mike Richards, formerly NHS & CQC

Panel: The constituent country perspective

Ciaran O’Neill - NI (Queen's University Belfast), Marcus Longley - Wales (University of South Wales), Moira Whyte - Scotland (University of Edinburgh)

Chair: Emma Pitchforth, LSE / University of Exeter (Co-research lead)

Opportunity for audience Q&A

Panel: Strengthening the NHS in a post-Covid-19 world (independent comments from Nigel Edwards)

Nigel Edwards, The Nuffield Trust; Azeem Majeed, Imperial College London; Carol Brayne, University of Cambridge; Mike Drummond, Centre for Health Economics; Aziz Sheikh, Usher Institute; Angela Coulter, Health Data Research UK (HDR UK).

Chair: Alistair McGuire (Commission co-chair)

Opportunity for audience Q&A

Final reflections

Sir Julian Legrand, LSE

More about this event

A Lancet Commission involves working in partnership with world-renowned institutions and policy experts to focus on far-reaching issues. Each Lancet Commission is different, but all involve a panel of academics who use their collective expertise and draw on input from diverse sets of stakeholders to dissect the driving factors behind the issue at hand, and develop a series of policy recommendations. There is a historic precedent for major commissions on the NHS. In 1980, the Black Report exposed growing health inequalities across the population. In 2004, the Wanless Report successfully argued for increased funding for the NHS through general taxation. Moving forward, there is a well-defined need for an independent and objective perspective on the NHS, and the LSE-Lancet Commission aims to provide that. Find out more about the LSE-Lancet Commission.

The Department of Health Policy (@LSEHealthPolicy) trains and inspires people passionate about health by advancing and challenging their understanding of health systems and the social, economic and political contexts in which they operate.

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