Conservative Party conference: The “win win”: should employers play a greater role in employee healthcare?

Reform convened a private policy roundtable, led by Philip Dunne MP, Minister of State for Health, on the theme “The win win”: should employers play a greater role in employee healthcare?”

In 2002, the Wanless Report suggested that the NHS could save tens of billions of pounds per year if the UK delivered much stronger health prevention and public health. That positive ambition has arguably not been realised. Dame Carol Black’s work since then has emphasised the importance of workplace health. Given the proportion of citizens in the workforce, and the time they spend at work, new efforts by employers will make a tremendous difference. Arguably there are contradictions in the Government’s policy at present. The Five Year Forward View spoke of financial incentives for employers. Recent increases in insurance premium tax may increase the cost of health products for employers and consumers. The NHS itself, as the UK’s largest employer, can make a big difference in this area and demonstrate best practice.

This event brought together around 15-20 senior business leaders, Parliamentarians, policy experts and other experts to debate the best means to improve workplace health as a key part of an overall package of NHS and social care reform. It wasconducted under the Chatham House Rule.

This event was held in partnership with Simplyhealth:

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3 October 2016
14.30 - 15.30