Taking Care of Health

Our panel discussion on health, chaired by acclaimed broadcaster Ed Stourton, could be the last chan

On 29 April, with just one week before the general election, the New Statesman will bring together the senior politicians with an eye on the Health brief for a timely discussion about the future of health and the NHS.

Chaired by New Statesman contributor and acclaimed BBC broadcaster Edward Stourton, the Question Time-style event could be your last chance before the General Election to debate the health polices of Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives.

Speaking in front of an invited audience of senior representatives from across the health-services community the politicians will highlight the most pressing issues facing the sector. The audience will be questioning the panel on issues such as social demographics, medical research, and rising consumer expectation.

Will the coming round of financial cuts damage healthcare? Can we afford the improvements that science, research and best practice now offer? Indeed, our previous debates have highlighted the point that reform and change are needed just to remain where we are.

If you would like to attend and ask your own question please apply for an invitation now. Places are limited and so priority will be given to those representing key stakeholders from the health services and life-science sectors.

Since April 2005, the magazine, working in collaboration with Pfizer UK, has developed an influential and high-powered programme of debates and special reports. This programme, called the "Policy Forum", has explored the challenges and opportunities facing those with responsibility for the health of the nation.

For further information and ticket requests please contact jenna@newstatesman.co.uk or 0207 936 6456