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At Last: ban on UK blood plasma lifted

Following Lord Owen & others’ campaign to lift the ban on using UK blood plasma for immunoglobulin manufacture, the Department of Health on 25 February 2021 made an announcement to that effect. Convalescent plasma is now being trialled in the UK for treating COVID-19. Positive results would mean immunoglobulins from UK-donated plasma could in future be used as immunoglobulins to treat coronavirus patients.

Read the full press release at this …


Statement on the Government’s proposed NHS reforms

STATEMENT ON THE GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSED NHS REFORMS

Monday 08 February 2021

“It may be that the social history of Britain will record that a lasting and substantive achievement of Brexit has been to return to the British people the NHS that was brought in by Aneurin Bevan and was very nearly destroyed by the Conservative/Liberal coalition supporting the outrageous and damaging Andrew Lansley legislation in 2012.

As always the devil …


Lord Owen gives evidence to the Infected Blood Inquiry

22 September 2020

Lord Owen gives oral evidence to the Infected Blood Inquiry.

As Minister of Health from 1974-76,Lord Owen provided extra resources for the UK to become self-sufficient in blood products in order to avoid importing blood products, particularly from the US. The goal of self-sufficiency was also recommended by the World Health Organisation in 1975 “being aware of the higher risk of transmitting diseases when blood products have …


Lord David Owen, a medical doctor by training and a former Minister of Health, writes a personal analysis of the UK’s Covid-19 pandemic

Latest update 20 October 2020 following receipt of positive news of a new treatment. Read the Minister’s letter here.  

Regards safety of using UK plasma in fractionation vis-a-vis vCJD: a technical paper drawn from French experience is attached here. The ban on UK plasma is under review with an outcome expected late autumn.

Updated 16 July 2020 following PM’s agreement to hold an independent Covid-19 inquiry.

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Exploring the fatally flawed changes that left the NHS very nearly unable to cope with Covid-19

In his 2014 book ‘The Health of the Nation: The NHS In Peril,’ Lord Owen explains why the fatally flawed structural changes made by both Labour and Conservative governments over the last 20 years before Covid-19 meant the NHS was very nearly unable to cope.

This book is now available free.

Download the PDF here: The NHS in Peril


A coalition government is not the answer

“Cross-party government worked in wartime—but this is not a war. Those clamouring for coalition should remember that.”

LORD OWEN, WRITING IN ‘PROSPECT’, 4 APRIL 2020

A coalition government is not the answer

“I am opposed to a coalition government.

“Labour under Attlee opposed a coalition when the war started in 1939, believing the time was not right under Chamberlain, and no one knew how long what became known as the …


NHS at 70: not fit for purpose and very close to losing its whole founding principles and its ethical and vocational basis.

Royal Society of Medicine podcast: ‘The NHS at 70.’ Released 2018

 

Excerpts:

“I think it’s a very bad time to be holding a celebration for an organisation that is under severe attack and very close to losing its whole founding principles and its ethical and vocational basis.

“…NHS England has to be more or less turfed out, the whole bang lot of them: the Chairman, Chief Executive and most …


Lord Owen argues for the very costly Health and Social Care Act 2012 to be urgently revoked and the vocational, ethical and moral foundations of the 1948 legislation restored.

Keynote speech to a conference on ‘Brexit and the NHS’ held by the UK in a Changing Europe initiative at the Wellcome Centre, 14 March 2018. Full text here: Brexit&NHSspeech

“I am genuinely puzzled why the main NHS charities that dominate discussion on the NHS – the King’s Fund and Nuffield Trust – continue to champion [the] external market? They have become not charities in the true sense of the …