Juggling and Decision Making in Health Policy Making

Frank Dobson will lift the veil on decision-making processes at the Department of Health involving the Prime Minister, Chancellor, other Ministers and Departments, clinical and scientific advisers, NHS staff, professional bodies, trades unions, drug companies and patient groups, in the face of funding problems and conflicting official advice. He will cover the establishment of NICE, the threat to blood supplies from Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), the introduction of the meningitis ‘C’ vaccine, MMR and autism, the concentration of children’s intensive care, anthrax vaccine for British troops and Viagra.

Rt. Hon. Frank Dobson, Fellow of Birkbeck College and Hon. Fellow of Royal College of Physicians. Member and subsequently Leader of Camden Council. Member of Parliament for Holborn and St. Pancras 1979-2015. Served on Labour’s front bench from 1981, including as Shadow Health Minister, producing authoritative reports on cervical cancer screening and infertility services. Appointed Health Secretary 1997, resigning in late 1999. He has served as governor of the Royal Veterinary College and member of council of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and of the University of York.

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