A public meeting to debate the future of the NHS will take place at the Royal Society of Medicine on Saturday 19th August.
Professor Sir Simon Wessely, the newly inaugurated RSM President, will open the meeting.
Prominent panellists will examine the state of the NHS, the decisions and events that led us to the current situation, and discuss what is needed to sustain its founding principles.
Speakers will include Dr Sarah Wollaston, Conservative MP and Chair of the Health Select Committee; Nigel Edwards, Chief Executive of the Nuffield Trust; Professor Neena Modi, President of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health; Dr Clare Gerada, former Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners; and Liz McAnulty, Chair of Trustees, the Patients Association.
Chairing the sessions through the day will be GP and broadcaster Dr Ayan Panja and Guardian health policy editor Denis Campbell.
The name of the eminent keynote lecturer will be announced shortly before the meeting.
Speaking ahead of the debate, Wessely indicated the important nature of the debate on the future of the publicly-funded health service.
“We hear from the media, politicians and medical practitioners that the NHS is in trouble and that the morale of doctors and healthcare workers is at an all-time low. But a proper diagnosis needs to be made before we can start to cure the NHS. This debate offers the public the opportunity to get involved with the process of diagnosing just what is wrong with the NHS and how it can be put right.”
The meeting, which is co-hosted by Discourse, will take place from 09.30 on Saturday 19 August at the Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE.
Registrations can be made at www.rsm.ac.uk/talkNHS.