National Association for Patient Participation

RCGP at Labour Conference

29 September 2017

The College had a very successful few days at the Annual Labour Party Conference in Brighton last week. Our Chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard and our Vice Chair Professor Martin Marshall spent three days working hard to promote the needs and interests of our members to the opposition party and to important representatives from other health organisations.

The College had a very successful few days at the Annual Labour Party Conference in Brighton last week. Our Chair Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard and our Vice Chair Professor Martin Marshall spent three days working hard to promote the needs and interests of our members to the opposition party and to important representatives from other health organisations.

While the Labour party isn’t in government, having the College go to their party conference was a great opportunity to help influence the debate around healthcare and to introduce ourselves to the potential government of the future.

Helen and Martin met with Shadow Minister for Health Justin Madders to discuss how General Practice can be improved, whilst another Shadow Health Minister, Julie Cooper, spoke at our fringe event, which was packed out with activists, patients, doctors, other royal college representatives and political staffers.

The audience also heard from the Richmond Group and the Health Foundation.The College hosted a successful roundtable which was jointly chaired with the BMA. It was attended by 30 high level representatives from charities, royal colleges, health bodies, as well as MP Thangam Debbonaire. Helen and Martin represented the college’s concerns on the interface between primary and secondary care. They contributed to a discussion on positive solutions to improve relationships across the NHS to make services better for patients and relieve workload for our members.

Helen and Martin took part in discussions at roundtables hosted by the Royal College Physicians, the Royal College of Surgeons, and NHS Providers. They met with other MPs, including  Liz Twist and former GP turned MP Dr Paul Williams. Dr Williams is on the Health Select Committee, which sits in the House of Commons and holds the Department of Health to account on its spending; the rationale behind its policies; and the effectiveness of how its policies are rolled out. You might have spotted him on stage at the Leader’s Speech on Wednesday.

It was an incredibly productive few days for our Chairs and our Campaigns team, and we are gearing up for Conservative Party Conference, where we will be meeting with the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt - who will stop by our Fringe; two other Health Ministers, Philip Dunne and Steve Brine; and other MPs. 

 

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