Be part of the audience for the Athene Communications debate on the future of the NHS

People are invited to attend a debate discussing the future of the NHS, held at the Peterborough Key Theatre on Tuesday 24 March.

According to a recent poll from the BBC, people think the NHS is the most important issue ahead of this May’s general election.

The motion for the debate, organised by Athene Communications, will be ‘This house believes that the NHS is no longer sustainable in its current form’.

Four speakers will discuss this topic. Presenting for the motion will be Chris Banks, former Chief Executive of NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Nigel Hards, former Chairman of Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Speaking against the motion will be Dr Richard Taylor, co-leader of the National Health Action Party and former MP for Wyre Forest 2001-2010, and Tracey Lambert, Regional Manager of UNISON Eastern.

Richard Astle, Managing Director of Athene Communications, said: “The sustainability of the NHS is a key topic in the run up to the general election and will make an interesting topic to discuss.

“We are really pleased to have secured such high calibre speakers and we anticipate a very lively debate which will spark great discussion.

“Everyone is welcome to attend the debate but we are particularly keen for the younger people of Peterborough to come along, listen, and have their say.”

Chairing the event is Stewart Francis, known for his various senior roles in commercial broadcasting and public healthcare and as trustee for Vivacity Peterborough.

The debate follows previous debates organised by Athene Communications on press freedom at the time of the Leveson enquiry and on the Peterborough’s environmental aspirations in a time of austerity.

The event will take place from 6pm to 7.30pm. Entry is free and all are welcome to attend.

Places are limited, so to book your place email or contact the Athene office on 01733 207340.