Thu, 7 July 2022

6:30 pm - 7:45 pm BST

Jeremy Hunt In Conversation With Paul van Zyl

How to Eliminate Preventable Harm and Tragedy in the NHS

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The longest-serving Health Secretary in history believes another 1948 moment is possible. Thinking through everything from technology to culture, he presents a manifesto for renewal.

The NHS is the pride of Britain. It’s an army of highly skilled and talented healthcare professionals, armed with the most cutting-edge therapies and medicines, and a budget bigger than the GDP of most countries in the world.

Yet there is increasing conflict between public pride in the NHS and the exhausted daily reality for many doctors and nurses, now experiencing burnout in record numbers. Waiting lists are up, staffing numbers inadequate, and all the while an ageing population and medical advances increase both demand and expectations.

With pressures like these, is it surprising that mistakes start to creep in? Every week there are 150 avoidable deaths in England; tragedies that could have been prevented if we were better at learning from mistakes.

As the former Secretary of State for Health and current Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee, Jeremy Hunt believes it is possible to reduce the number of preventable deaths in the NHS to zero – in the process saving money, reducing backlogs and improving working conditions. He joins us to tell us how.

This event is presented in partnership with The Conduit.

Praise for Jeremy Hunt’s Zero:

‘Highly readable and engaging … a serious manifesto to improve our most treasured national institution’ – Tony Blair

‘This powerful book is essential reading for everyone who cares about the future of the NHS – even (or especially) those who are sure they’ll disagree with its author’ – Patricia Hewitt, former Health Secretary

‘A deeply moving personal account from the longest serving Health Secretary about what needs to change in the NHS – I wish I had read it when I started out as a doctor’ – Dame Clare Gerada

‘A real understanding of the NHS’s many problems … essential reading for everybody involved in health care’ – Henry Marsh

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Jeremy Hunt

Former Secretary of State for Health

Jeremy Hunt was elected Conservative MP for South West Surrey in 2005. He was Secretary of State for Health between September 2012 and July 2018, the longest serving Health Secretary in history, and has been Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee since January 2020. Jeremy Hunt lives in Godalming and London with his wife, son and two daughters. Photo credit to Jonny Piper.

Paul van Zyl

Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, The Conduit Club

Co-Founder of The Conduit and Chief Creative Officer, Paul is a winner of the prestigious Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

He served as the Executive Secretary of South Africa’s post-apartheid Truth and Reconciliation Commission and co-founded the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ), an international human rights organisation based in New York City.