The 1948 Act establishing the NHS gave the Secretary of State for Health the duty to provide universal healthcare. The Health and Social Care Act 2012 removes this duty and introduces a market. Allyson Pollock describes why this should be a worry for all of us.
Allyson Pollock is Professor of Public Health Research & Policy at Queen Mary, University of London. She is one of the UK’s leading medical intellectuals and undertakes research and teaching intended to assist the realisation of the principles of social justice and public health, with a particular emphasis on health systems research, trade, and pharmaceuticals.
She trained in medicine in Scotland and became a consultant in public health. Among her previous roles she has been director of the Centre for International Public Health Policy at the University of Edinburgh and director of research & development at UCL Hospitals NHS Trust. She is the author of NHS plc and co-author of The New NHS: a guide.