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Behind the Headlines: Is there a future for the NHS?

20th January 2015 · 7:00pm - 8:00pm

In person | Virtual event

 Behind the Headlines: Is there a future for the NHS?

In a leader column recently the Guardian called for an ‘honest debate’ on how to ensure the sustainability of the NHS. Guardian Live is now bringing together leading experts and our readers in a public forum to have this debate.

Is the NHS’s unique model of healthcare under threat? Is a publicly funded NHS sustainable? Are the political parties promising enough money? Do we need an NHS tax or should we be charged for GP visits?

With the NHS set to be a key issue in the election campaign, join us for an agenda-setting discussion about the future of the health service. Chaired by Denis Campbell, Guardian health correspondent, with a guest panel from across the fields of health, politics and policy. Speakers include Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, minister of state at the Department for Health; NHS England’s medical director Sir Bruce Keogh; BMA chair Dr Mark Porter; and CEO of think tank 2020health, Julia Manning. We also hear from the NHS frontline, from patients to GPs, nurses and mental health workers, including GP Dr Zara Azizand former NHS mental health trust chief Lisa Rodrigues CBE.

Behind the Headlines is a live series that dissects and debates some of the most prominent news stories of the time, hearing from the people making and shaping the news itself.

Running time: 45 minute discussion followed by audience Q&A. No interval.

Tickets: £15, £12 partners/patrons

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