Over the past year, Radix has held a number of events and published a policy paper looking at possible reforms to the NHS: to localise decision-making and reduce bureaucracy.
Against the background of Covid, the NHS’s command and control systems appear to have held up well, but how has it felt to those inside the system? How is morale on the frontline and what happens when things go wrong? Who takes the blame and what impact does the fear of litigation have on how decisions are made?
To mark the launch of his book, Letters to a Young Doctor, leading Orthopaedic and spinal surgeon and former President of the Oxford Union, Prof Hilali Noordeen, will be conversation with Prof Stephen Smith, Chair of the East Kent Hospitals Trust, which has been at the sharp end of the response to Covid and its new variants. Together, they will provide very different perspectives on how the NHS is coping with the crisis, and how events are viewed from the top down and the bottom up.
Their discussion will be led by Denis Campbell, the health policy editor for the Guardian and the Observer, and one of the most respected journalists in the field.