Trust scientific meeting: "What is happening to our NHS"
The NHS was built on the principles of universal
care for all on the basis of need, and services free at the point of delivery.
However, its existence has always constituted an obstruction to the increasing
hegemony of the market form.
Presenter Allyson Pollock
Chair David Bell
This conflict between different visions of human society reached its peak with the Health and Social Care Act 2012, which legislates for the abolition of universal healthcare, the breaking up and privatisation of the NHS, and the devolution of healthcare functions. This paper will give an account of these developments and describes the thinking behind the NHS Reinstatement Bill.
Professor Pollock is a leading authority on the fundamental principles of universal health systems, marketisation and public private partnerships, and international trade law and health.
She is Director of the Institute of Health and Society in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University. She has been head of the Public Health Policy Unit at University College London, director of research and development at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, director of the Centre for International Public Health Policy at the University of Edinburgh, and professor of public health research and policy at Queen Mary University of London. She is also a leading global health educationalist, having set up trailblazing global health teaching programmes at Edinburgh University and Queen Mary University.
She is co-author of two books, NHS plc: the privatisation of our
health care (Verso) and The New NHS: a guide, (Routledge).
Her new book on rugby injury in children, Tackling rugby: what every
parent should know about injuries was published in 2014 by Verso.