What’s Next for the NHS?

  • Saturday 21 October 2023 | 12.30pm – 2.00pm
  • The Crown Hotel, Harrogate
  • Tickets: £15.00
  • Please note that all bookings are subject to a £1.75 transaction fee.

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An ageing population, political turmoil, and staff shortages. These are just three of the issues facing the NHS today as it recovers from a global pandemic, and it’s hard to see how it will take on these issues and more in the next few years. Our expert panel will discuss the future of the NHS, the problems it is currently having to deal with and what new challenges may arise in the coming decade, and most importantly, how it might go about tackling those issues.

Stephanie Snow is Professor of Health, History and Policy at the University of Manchester and  has directed NHS at 70: The Story of Our Lives since 2017, creating the first digital archive of NHS history.

Dr Julia Grace Patterson is the founder and chief executive of EveryDoctor, the non-profit campaigning organisation established in 2019 with the belief that doctors have the power to end the NHS crisis, use their voices to highlight matters of national importance and demand an overturn of the broken system they work within.

Dr. Waheed Arian* is an accomplished figure in both medicine and literature. His life story is nothing short of extraordinary. He hails from war-torn Afghanistan and, against all odds, pursued a career in medicine, earning his place as an NHS doctor in the UK. His autobiography, “In the Wars: A Story of Conflict, Survival, and Saving Lives,” is a testament to his remarkable journey. Arian’s dedication to promoting global peace, healthcare, and education has earned him accolades worldwide.

This panel will be chaired by broadcast journalist Gerry Foley.

*Line-up subject to change.


Update from Thursday 12 October 2023: Due to health reasons, Dr Hilary Jones is no longer able to attend the Festival and will be replaced by Dr Waheed Arian.


Raworths Harrogate Literature Festival will return to the Crown Hotel, from Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 October 2023.