The Health Foundation podcast Interviews with experts and high-profile guests discussing the most important issues affecting the future of health and care for people in the UK

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Our new podcast series looks at the most important issues affecting the future of health and care for people in the UK.

In each episode our chief executive Dr Jennifer Dixon interviews the leading minds in health and health care, and high-profile guests from politics and beyond, to get their views on the most topical issues and their implications for our health.

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Episode list

Are businesses and investors really serious about improving our health? – with Catherine Howarth and John Godfrey

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24 January 2022

Episode 16. We often focus on government as the main agent to get things done – particularly when it comes to public health. But what about the role of business and investors in improving health?

Government must be realistic about the time and resources needed to clear the NHS backlog

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6 January 2022

Health Foundation response to the publication of the Health and Social Care Select Committee's report, Clearing the backlog caused by the pandemic.

That was the year that was: health policy in 2021 – with Lord Victor Adebowale and Hugh Alderwick

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18 December 2021

Episode 15. In another year shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic, we explore some key health policy developments and look ahead to what 2022 might have in store.

Are we seeing the decline of general practice, or its rebirth? – with Professor Katherine Checkland, Dr Rebecca Fisher and Shaun Lintern

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19 November 2021

Episode 14. Even before the pandemic, rising workloads and workforce shortages had left many GPs dissatisfied and stressed. Then add a pandemic into the mix, with growing public frustration. Is this a...

How can the green agenda help the health agenda? – with Dr Fiona Godlee and Professor Andy Haines

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26 October 2021

Episode 13. Climate change is a global health emergency. What can we learn from how ‘green’ has gone up the agenda? And how might we apply useful lessons to getting further improvements in another com...

The most challenging job in the country: being chief executive of the NHS – with Sir Alan Langlands

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28 September 2021

Episode 12. Being the chief executive of the NHS is one of the most challenging jobs in the country. How is the job doable?

We are what we eat: food, health and inequality – with Anna Taylor and Sarah Hickey

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22 August 2021

Episode 11. Food is crucial to our health, but it is also driver of ill health, health inequalities, and damage to the environment. What can the government do to tackle these complex challenges?

Low life expectancy in Glasgow, and what to do about it

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23 July 2021

Episode 10. In the UK, life expectancy is lowest in Glasgow. Why is this? And what can we all learn from longstanding efforts to improve health there?

Is it time for another Wanless Review?

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22 June 2021

Episode 9. Given the pandemic, do we need another Wanless Review to assess the NHS's future funding needs?

Inside the teen mind: what’s happening to mental health?

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22 May 2021

Episode 8. What changes in day-to-day life are affecting the mental health of today’s young people?

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