Last week our CEO, Nick Lansman, and Director of External Affairs, Ellie Kearney, attended Labour Party Conference in Liverpool. Ellie’s round-up can be seen below:
“With over 18,000 attendees at the conference last week, every fringe and auditorium was packed with delegates and businesses looking to get a moment with the Shadow Government and hear their plans.
Wes Streeting MP, the Shadow Health Secretary, focused on his long-term commitment to the NHS, stating that they saved his life when he was diagnosed with kidney cancer. He pledged to do the same for the NHS, and would be looking at a 10 year plan for reform.
Streeting made no secret about the tough challenges ahead should Labour be successful in the next election, with the immediate focus for technology being connectivity, infrastructure and interoperability. However, the wider and greater use of technology gave him hope for a better service that could be provided both for patients and the workforce, but he emphasised that the NHS needed to get the basics right first.
Whilst it was clear that the next Government, whatever colour they might be, have many challenges ahead, the Shadow Government focused on the strength, unity and hope of the Labour Party with a strong atmosphere of optimism and positivity over four incredibly packed days in Liverpool.
It was also great to see so many of our members there for our dinner last Monday, discussing the key issues they are facing at this moment in time, their hopes for the next Government and the role that both industry and the HTA can play in supporting the Government and health system.”
With most Party Conferences over and the battlegrounds for the next election looming, the Health Tech Alliance is looking forward to providing strategic support and advice as to how we can collectively overcome and solve these challenges.