Over 20 budding doctors and dentists from the Westminster Academy attended our latest event, “The Future of Our NHS: An Evening with the Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP, Shadow Health Secretary”.
The event took place on 9 September at the EY offices at 1 More London with the kind and generous support of Mosaic London Regional Leadership Group member Zish Nurmohamed and long term supporter Riaz Shah.
The evening was part of Mosaic’s involvement with The Patchwork Foundation; a politically neutral organisation that aims to promote and encourage the positive integration of deprived and minority communities into British political society.
“Mosaic and its mentors play a crucial role in encouraging and inspiring young people to achieve and inspire in their public and private lives.”
It brought together over 150 healthcare professionals from across the UK and covered a whole range of NHS arenas including GPs, consultants, dentists and commissioners. Mosaic board members and other supporters also attended the event.
Students from Westminster Academy were the first to put questions to the Shadow Health Secretary. He was asked about topics ranging from his thoughts about the use of e-cigarettes in public spaces through to his ideas for one integrated healthcare service covering a person physical social and mental wellbeing.
Andy Burnham MP remarked how hugely impressed he was with the questions he was asked.
As well as meeting the Shadow Health Secretary the students were also able to meet Dr Zafar Iqbal, Head of Sports Medicine at Liverpool Football Club and Dr Kailash Chand OBE, Deputy Chair of the British Medical Association.
Rt Hon Andy Burnham MP said:
“Mosaic and its mentors play a crucial role in encouraging and inspiring young people to achieve and inspire in their public and private lives. We want to see more people from diverse backgrounds entering healthcare professions.
“Encouraging as many people from different backgrounds and experiences to become doctors, dentists and healthcare professionals is a key part of re-energising the NHS and of securing its future. With such talented and aspiring young people, I am confident that together we can build a safe future for our NHS.”
Mosaic’s National Director, and member of the National Advisory Board for Patchwork, Jonathan Freeman added:
“We are so pleased to be able to provide students from our programmes the opportunity to engage with politicians in such an open and transparent way. Through Patchwork, our students can address their communities concerns and questions directly to our key politicians, including members of the cabinet and shadow cabinet.
“Importantly, we were today able to connect aspiring doctors and dentists with key decision makers to create a truly unique opportunity.”