LSE Lancet Commission

News and events

May 2021 – Global Launch of the LSE-Lancet Commission report

“The future of the NHS: Re-laying the foundations for an equitable and efficient health and care service post COVID-19”.

On 7 May 2021, the LSE was delighted to host the launch of the LSE-Lancet Commission report.

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.

Watch the event recording here

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September 2019 – London Penultimate LSE-Lancet Commission meeting

Following a productive summer period, which involved drafting the outline of the commission report, the LSE-Lancet Commission met on campus to give feedback on the first set of consolidated recommendations. The LSE team also fed back on a collection of meetings which took place with NHS stakeholders including several royal colleges and the NHS Confederation. During the meeting select commissioners presented the scope and rationale underlying each recommendation before the floor was opened for feedback. 


January 2019 - Cardiff LSE-Lancet Commission meeting 

Despite severe snow, the LSE-Lancet Commission met in Cardiff in January 2019. The first day involved discussing findings from the recently closed evidence submission, as well as reporting back from stakeholder meetings which took place with government officials, healthcare managers, and healthcare professionals in Cardiff and Belfast in November 2018.

The second day involved breakout sessions. Each group of commissioners were tasked to put forward initial suggestions for subrecommendations to cover broad areas such as NHS funding, workforce, prevention, diagnosis health information technology and integration. We also welcomed the addition of Professor Richard Watt from UCL to the commission who will offer invaluable insights into the state of Dental Health across the UK.


November 2018 – Stakeholder meetings in Cardiff and Belfast

The LSE-Lancet team held stakeholder meetings in Belfast and Cardiff over two days. In Cardiff, the LSE-Lancet team met with a broad range of individuals representing several health boards (Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Cwm Taf University Health Board, and the Powys Teaching Health Board), the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Royal College of Nursing Wales, the Bevan Commission, the Life Sciences Hub Wales, the Alzheimer’s Society Cymru and the Welsh Government. In Belfast, the LSE-Lancet team met individuals representing the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Board, and Sinn Fein. The LSE-Lancet also held meeting with the Chief Medical Officers from each country. The LSE-Lancet Commission is grateful to all the people who made time to offer their unique perspective on the major challenges facing the NHS in their respective countries.


September 2018 – LSE–Lancet Meeting of Commissioners in Edinburgh


The LSE team travelled to Edinburgh to meet a range of NHS stakeholders representing the Royal College of Physicians on Edinburgh, the Royal College of Surgeons, the Royal College of General Practitioners, NHS Scotland, the University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Government. This was followed by a general meeting of the Commission to discuss the initial results of a situational analysis of the major challenges facing the NHS in each UK countries, followed by open debate regarding potential policy recommendations. 



LSE–Lancet Meeting of Commissioners in Edinburgh

6th and 7th September 2018 - Meeting of Commissioners in Edinburgh, Scotland

The first day of the Meeting of Commissioners in Edinburgh was for feedback and a summary of Evidence Submissions provided. This was followed by a private dinner at a landmark location for all Commissioners and the LSE-Lancet team members.

The second day's focus was on the policy recommendations and for the Commissioners and LSE-Lancet team to discuss them for the final report.


LSE-Lancet Commission Announces a Call for Evidence

On 16th March 2018, the LSE–Lancet Commission ‘The Future of the NHS’ announced a call for evidence. This announcement is available here.

The Commission is hoping individuals and organisations will take this opportunity to provide the Commission with their perspectives on both the immediate and medium-term challenges facing the NHS over the next 20 years, as well as provide insights on approaches they have taken to address these challenges. This will help the Commission to consider a wide range of perspectives and maintain a positive approach orientated towards providing concrete policy recommendations.


LSE hosts 1st Commission Meeting

On the 30th November 2017, the LSE hosted the first Commission meeting. This meeting established the focus of the Commission.

The day started with an introduction between Commissioners, The Lancet editors and the LSE team. Commissioners presented on the various governance structures in place across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland to gain insights into potential opportunities for cross-country comparisons.

The afternoon involved discussions to narrow the focus of the Commission to subdivide the Commissioners into different work streams. 

​Slides from the meeting are available below.


Slides from 1st Commission 
Key objectives and introduction
Professor Elias Mossialos, Professor Alistair McGuire

Slides from 1st Commission 
Interviews to highlight the challenges facing the NHS
Dr Michael Anderson