NHS Survival founding member Dr Zoe Norris will be on the debating panel at a Conservative Party Conference think-tank event on Tuesday 6th October.
The debate entitled "Should the NHS be safe in the hands of the Conservative Party?" is being held as part of an event run by the Institute of Economic Affairs at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester.
Dr Zoe Norris, voted one of the UK's most influential GPs, said "I'm looking forward to raising the prospect of a Royal Commission directly at the Conservative Party Conference and hope to get direct feedback from Conservative MPs and party members on their thoughts."
Despite sometimes being hailed the ‘envy of the world’, the NHS is being outperformed by its European counterparts on most measures of care quality.
A strong ideological commitment to the status quo has seen the debate over the NHS become insular, with many politicians ignoring the success of alternative models of healthcare provision. Does the UK has much to learn from more market-orientated systems adopted overseas, which embrace a plurality of both providers and methods of funding?
This debate will look at what role the market can play within healthcare and if spending on the NHS is to increase, where that money will come from. NHS Survival are calling for a Royal Commission to answer these questions on how to provide sustainable funding for the long-term, by involving patients, public and professionals.
Other confirmed speakers include James Bartholomew, Author of The Welfare State We’re In, Philip Booth, Editorial and Programme Director IEA, Dr Philip Lee MP, Conservative Member for Bracknell, and The Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP, Member for Hitchin and Harpenden.