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Sajid Javid delivers keynote speech at Conservative Party Conference

By October 6, 2021No Comments

Health and Care Secretary Sajid Javid made his keynote speech at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester on Tuesday. He made points on a range of issues, covering COVID-19, the NHS’s recovery and healthcare reform. Mr Javid stated that healthcare “begins at home”, with people encouraged to rely on their family first, before the state regarding their health upkeep.

Mr Javid implied that the Conservatives would not be reverting to a level of state control seen during the lockdowns imposed before his appointment as Secretary of State for Health. He highlighted the launch of 40 new Community Diagnostic Hubs. These centres will help to combat NHS screening and care backlogs.

Another key announcement in the speech was a ‘far-reaching’ review of health and social care, billed as the most comprehensive in 40 years. The review aims to “drive up efficiency and improve outcomes” and will be led by retired vice chief of the defence staff general Sir Gordon Messenger, who led last year’s mass community COVID-19 testing project in Liverpool and advised the Government on the traffic light system for air travel.

It is time to “level up” healthcare across the UK, said Mr Javid, in terms of management and delivery, not just on technology. On a personal note, Mr Javid reflected on his volunteering in a care home every Saturday and a special friendship with a woman named Margaret that he had during the visits.

Mr Javid said: “My priorities are simple: Covid, recovery, reform. Covid: getting us, and keeping us, out of the pandemic. Recovery: tackling the huge backlog of appointments it has caused. And reform of our health and social care systems for the long term.”

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