The Health Foundation podcast Interviews with experts and high-profile guests discussing the most important issues affecting the future of health and care for people in the UK

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Our new podcast series looks at the most important issues affecting the future of health and care for people in the UK.

In each episode our chief executive Dr Jennifer Dixon interviews the leading minds in health and health care, and high-profile guests from politics and beyond, to get their views on the most topical issues and their implications for our health.

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Episode list

Are we seeing the decline of general practice, or its rebirth? – with Professor Katherine Checkland, Dr Rebecca Fisher and Shaun Lintern

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19 November 2021

Even before the pandemic, rising workloads and workforce shortages had left many GPs dissatisfied and stressed. Then add a pandemic into the mix, with growing public frustration. Is this a sign of gen...

How can the green agenda help the health agenda? – with Dr Fiona Godlee and Professor Andy Haines

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26 October 2021

Climate change is a global health emergency. What can we learn from how ‘green’ has gone up the agenda? And how might we apply useful lessons to getting further improvements in another complex and dif...

The most challenging job in the country: being chief executive of the NHS – with Sir Alan Langlands

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28 September 2021

Episode 12. Being the chief executive of the NHS is one of the most challenging jobs in the country. How is the job doable?

We are what we eat: food, health and inequality – with Anna Taylor and Sarah Hickey

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22 August 2021

Episode 11. Food is crucial to our health, but it is also driver of ill health, health inequalities, and damage to the environment. What can the government do to tackle these complex challenges?

Low life expectancy in Glasgow, and what to do about it

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23 July 2021

Episode 10. In the UK, life expectancy is lowest in Glasgow. Why is this? And what can we all learn from longstanding efforts to improve health there?

Is it time for another Wanless Review?

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22 June 2021

Episode 9. Given the pandemic, do we need another Wanless Review to assess the NHS's future funding needs?

Inside the teen mind: what’s happening to mental health?

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22 May 2021

Episode 8. What changes in day-to-day life are affecting the mental health of today’s young people?

Wising up to levelling up

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22 April 2021

Episode 7. Is levelling up a serious aspiration for the Government? And what strategy would be needed to reduce health inequalities?

President Biden’s uphill task on US health care

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22 March 2021

Episode 6. What can the Biden administration accomplish on health and health care in the next four years?

Do we care enough?

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22 February 2021

Episode 5. We all need care at some point in our lives – so why is care undervalued so often?

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