The NHS at 70: How can the NHS survive and thrive for another 70 years?

A series of debates delivered in partnership by NHS Providers, NHS Clinical Commissioners, Royal College of Physicians, National Voices and Ipsos Mori

Watch the debate

If you couldn't make it to the first debate on 9 May, you can watch the debate in full above. Footage starts at 23 minutes. 


Wednesday 25 July 2018

Central Liverpool

The NHS is at a watershed moment as it approaches its 70th anniversary on 5 July 2018. It remains one of, if not the, most treasured institution in the UK. But it faces severe challenges from: rapidly rising demand for care from an ageing population with more complex needs, the increasing cost of new drugs and technologies, a workforce that is stretched to its limits and declining performance against key targets – all set against the backdrop of the longest financial squeeze in the NHS’ history.

Polling continues to show there is overwhelming public support for the NHS’ founding principles, and hope is offered through innovative new ways of working that are providing more joined-up care for the public.

But some want the NHS to reform faster and the government and public are now facing up to tough and unavoidable choices about the health service’s future.

This is the second of two debates that will bring together a panel of experts and commentators to give their views on the solutions they think are needed to ensure the NHS thrives for another 70 years.

The debate will be followed by a drinks reception and the chance to network with the panel and colleagues from across the health and care sector.




What are the key questions

On the night we will cover a wide range of questions, including:

  • How good, efficient and effective is the NHS given the funding available?

  • Are we paying enough for our health care, should we be paying more or do we need to redefine what the NHS offers?

  • What should the public expect from their health and care service and what responsibility do they have in return?

  • What will it take to have patient and citizen power in health and care?

  • What changes are needed and what will it take to convince the public, NHS staff and politicians of the need for them?

  • How can we achieve parity of esteem for mental health care?

  • How can we finally deliver a long-term funding settlement for social care?


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If you would like to register your interest to attend, please contact Due to high demand for places, we will confirm by 16 July if we have been able to reserve you a place. 

The debate will be broadcast live on the night. You can watch the NHS at 70 debate from this website or from the Royal College of Physicians website.