Summit Shines Spotlight on Health

The Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health, has addressed delegates at a major health event, 'People, Partnerships, Progress: the Future for Health and Wellbeing in the North East', organised by the Association of North East Councils and supported by Deloitte.

Delegates from across the health and local government sectors, the VCS and academia, explored future actions aimed at producing better health outcomes for people and communities across the North East.

The timing of the summit is significant - 18 months on since the transition of public health responsibilities to local government. 

Cllr WatsHealth summit delegateson, Chair, Association of North East Councils told delegates, “We have some fantastic examples of innovation and expertise across the health sector – and indeed within North East local government. There remain, however, some big health challenges for us all to address, given the higher and more complex needs and demographics in the North East and the economic climate in which we are currently operating.  Everyone attending this health summit has a voice and a contribution to make to informing and shaping that future.

“Health is undoubtedly a key issue for all of the main political parties and we are at a pivotal point as we seek to influence the debate and policy priorities leading up to the next General Election.”

David Wilkinson, a Partner at Deloitte in the North East commented: “We are delighted to be sponsoring such a high profile and valuable health summit. At Deloitte we have worked extensively with the majority of NHS organisations in the North East on a range of projects and our UK Centre for Health Solutions is aimed at developing ideas, innovations and insights that encourage collaboration across the health value chain. 

“I’m sure the summit will provide some significant input to our future work around healthcare challenges and solutions”.

In addition to keynote speeches from the Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive, Public Health England and Cllr David Sparks, Chair of the Local Government Association, there were workshops on issues including health and social care integration, public health and addressing health inequalities.

For full details on the summit visit

View the post-summit report - 'People, Partnerships, Progress: The future of health and wellbeing in the North East'

Notes for Editors
The Association of North East Councils is the representative body for local government in the North East. It encompasses the 12 local authorities in the North East, including Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and the Tees Valley, on issues of concern to them and the communities they serve. It is a cross-party organisation, with all of its Members democratically elected and accountable politicians.

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