VGM to host national debate on health and wellbeing


As part of the University of Liverpool’s ongoing contribution to the city’s Decade of Health and Wellbeing, Mark Easton, the BBC’s Home Editor will chair a special free public event.

Hosted at the Victoria Gallery & Museum, the event will form a key part of the ongoing UK debate on measuring national well-being, launched by the Prime Minister in November and led by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

The debate will focus on whether the standard indicator of Gross Domestic Product is sufficient to capture the ‘health’ of a nation and what, if any, measures should be used to capture this more fully. The discussion generated will help to inform the ONS as it explores how it may better assess the state of the UK’s wellbeing.

The event will enable members of the public to put forward their questions and comments to a diverse panel, covering perspectives from both Liverpool and the UK and contributions from academics, public health officials and think tanks.

Mark Easton will chair the panel, comprising Paul Allin (ONS), Professor Peter Kinderman (University of Liverpool), Ruth Hussey (Regional Director of Public Health), Gideon Ben Tovim (Chair of Liverpool Primary Care Trust) and Sam Thompson (New Economics Foundation).

The event is on Tuesday 22 February, from 5.30pm, tickets are free and limited to a maximum of two per applicant. The event will be followed by a drinks reception, ending at 8pm.

To put forward your question to the panel, please email and to register for tickets visit:

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