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Last Friday (24 April), sixty people attended a one day symposium in Park House on “Evaluating Coalition health reforms, 2010-2015.” The event was an opportunity to gather evidence on major reforms of the past five years, debate their significance, and consider the prospects future health policy in the UK.
Fifteen research papers were presented on topics including commissioning and regulation, public health, organisational change, patient and public involvement, primary care, and clinical commissioning groups. The papers drew on a range of disciplinary approaches, and combined theoretical perspectives and empirical evidence.
The keynote speaker was the Lord Philip Hunt. As well as offering a cogent analysis of the Coalition reforms and challenges for (any) incoming government, he gave a compelling account of health policy-making from his time as minister. His detailed response to questions from participants showed a deep understanding of the inter-connections across health and social care. An account of his talk is available on: https://storify.com/_HSMCentre/a-summary-of-lord-philip-hunts-keynote-speech-at-n