Event: NHS Reform

Tuesday 28 February 2012, 11:03

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Wednesday 29 February 2012, BBC Television Centre, London

Is NHS reform a political story or a practical one? Can you say, hand on heart, that you understand all the proposals and their implications? And is the BBC missing important aspects of this story?

Branwen Jeffreys, BBC News health correspondent, provides a working journalists' guide to NHS reform with health experts

Paul Corrigan, adviser on healthcare to the last Labour government

and Nick Seddon, deputy director of the independent think-tank Reform.

1.30pm - 2.30pm
Wednesday 29 February 2012
Room 4, 6th floor suite, Television Centre
This event will not be streamed live. BBC staff only.

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    > Is NHS reform a political story or a practical one?

    Both. Even though I don't understand all the latest proposals I can see that there is an elephant in the room; politicians trying to solve practical problems for which they have no training, little knowledge and no experience.

    Any story is a political story - in the media - if it involves politicians.

    If politicians say the NHS is political - it is.

    That doesn't make the politicians right - just political.

    The real debate we continue to fail to have - as a country - is:

    - Why do politicians waste their time (and our money) by pretending they have to 'run' the the NHS?

    - Why does the NHS have to be one, big, top-heavy, bureaucracy?

    - Why does the Government have to get it's hands dirty by involving itself in clinical care?

    - How is the Government qualified to manage anything (NHS included)?

    - Why do other countries get better healthcare for less money?

    - etcetera, ad nauseum ...

    If we are real journalists we should be focussing on the real story.


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