Jake Jones, Baroness Camilla Cavendish in conversation with Hugh Pym

The NHS - on life support?

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Mon 11th May 2020 Start Time: 8:00 pm End Time: 9:00 pm

Baillie Gifford Auditorium, Stratford Play House


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With long waiting lists for hospitals and GPs, and years of failed government promises - the NHS is dangerously ill. But does the increase in population, especially of older people, mean it has outlived Aneurin Bevan’s vision, is no longer fit for purpose and needs a whole rethink? And what form should the future NHS take? Hugh Pym, BBC Health Editor, hears about the realities from ‘Jake Jones’, the anonymous author of a gripping memoir about 10 years as a paramedic, and from Baroness Camilla Cavendish, former Policy Advisor to David Cameron and author of Extra Time, her book about an ageing population.

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