The RSA’s Chief Executive, Andy Haldane, argued in his Health Foundation REAL Challenge lecture that health has rarely mattered more to the UK's strength and growth.
The REAL Centre invited Andy to deliver the 2022 REAL Challenge lecture to generate fresh ideas and debate.
UK-wide trends in health performance, among both young and old, indicate a lack of resilience in outcomes and systems. Andy suggested this is having ‘increasingly visible and material side effects’, from lower growth to staff shortages, greater vulnerability to shocks and increased precariousness in fiscal finances.
Watch the 2022 REAL Challenge lecture below:
Recently, the only constant has been change, the only certainty uncertainty […] But rather than being a cause for pause, I believe strongly that uncertainty should instead be the prompt for action.
His ‘Health is wealth?’ paper published after the lecture explores why health is best seen as a societal asset. It also outlines some of the ways the resilience of health outcomes and systems might be strengthened for the benefit of all.
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