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February Update: Pharma and Health

4 February 2019

What's on the agenda this month

by Philippa Keir, Health Policy Executive

NHS Long Term PlanWith just under two months until the UK is expected to leave the European Union, February is looking like it could be a pivotal month for outlining the future of the Health and Pharmaceutical sector.

Whilst parliament is still yet to decide its business for the recently cancelled half term recess, what we can gleam from February so far is that children and young people’s mental health will be an area of particular focus.

With this week being ‘Children’s mental health week’ we have already seen the Department of Education’s launch of a series of trials testing different approaches to supporting young people’s mental health. Additionally we are expected to see a series of events hosted by the Westminster Health Forum, Open Forum Events and Public Policy Exchange on the transformation of Children and Young People’s mental health services under the recently published NHS Long Term Plan.

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Towards the end of the month, the burgeoning question over NHS financial sustainability, especially in light of the concerns raised over NHS Long Term Plan funding will be addressed in the Public Accounts Committee. With Simon Stevens, Ian Dalton, David Williams and Sir Chris Wormald expected to submit evidence, this should give the sector a better indication as to where the NHS is at financially prior to the Spending Review this spring.

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Philippa Keir, Health Policy Executive
Philippa Keir
Health Policy Executive

Philippa Keir is DeHavilland's policy specialist for Health. She previously worked for a public affairs consultancy, and read History and Politics at the University of Exeter.