Former health secretary to discuss policy-making at public lecture

Frank Dobson

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Former Labour health secretary Frank Dobson will lift the veil on decision-making processes at the Department of Health at a public lecture next week.

Frank Dobson was a Member of Parliament for Holborn and St Pancras 1979-2015, serving on Labour’s front bench from 1981. He was Secretary of State for Health from 1997 to 1999 and notably oversaw the creation of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

His talk 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.

The lecture is a highlight of the Governance of Health 2017 Conference, which is being hosted by the University’s Institute of Psychology, Health and Society as part of the Wellcome Trust-funded Governance of Health project led by Professor Sally Sheard.

As the NHS approaches its 70th birthday and is faced with colossal challenges of funding, pay and contracts, access to care and a changing disease pattern, the conference will bring together, academics, politicians, civil servants, medical professionals and other experts in discussing past and present challenges in health policy-making.

The Governance of Health 2017 Lecture ‘Juggling and decision-making in health policy-making’ takes place from 5:30-7pm on Tuesday, 11 July at the Liverpool Medical Institution. For more information and to register for your free place please visit:

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