It was a surprise to be invited by The King’s Fund to chair an independent commission on the future of health and social care; health is a new topic for me.
As an economist, I often hear the charge that we see the world simply in terms of money, or of markets. That is not true – like anyone else, we are concerned about the human condition. It is the human stories of anguish and distress caused by how the NHS and social care operate now which have really motivated the commission’s interim report. But economists are realists. If this situation is to be improved, then as a society some hard choices have to be faced.