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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


Britain Must Step Up to the Global Stage to Protect Hong Kong

“China’s disregard for international law under Xi presents a shared challenge.”

Lord Owen, writing in the online ForeignPolicy.com magazine, June 23, 2020, 4:30 PM

Read the original here: Britain Must Step Up on HK

The 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration was the brainchild of two formidable political leaders, China’s Deng Xiaoping and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Since the handover of Hong Kong in 1997, the international treaty has generally worked …


The Fence or The Ambulance

Twas a dangerous cliff, as they freely confessed,
Though to walk near its crest was so pleasant;
But over its terrible edge there had slipped
A duke and full many a peasant.
So the people said something would have to be done,
But their projects did not at all tally;
Some said, “Put a fence ’round the edge of the cliff,”
Some, “An ambulance down in the valley.”

But the …


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 …


Statement issued on the eve of the UK’s exit from the EU

Download Lord Owen’s statement here: Statement on eve of EU departure

I will celebrate with the all-Party Vote Leave referendum campaigners on Friday evening and in particular with those who spent the last three and a half years, at personal cost in time and money, dealing with the Electoral Commission and those who tried to use the law in the hope of overturning the people’s decision.

I will not be


Lord Owen speaks on the Middle East crisis

Lord Owen, speaking in the House of Lords Queen’s Speech Debate, Tuesday 7 January 2020.

My Lords, as we talk in this Chamber, the Middle East is once again a powder keg of extreme danger…. We have to ask ourselves now what mechanisms we have for restarting (a) dialogue; it has not restarted and shows no real sign of restarting…. (The) UN Secretary-General and the UN Security Council have a


How must the 5 million Labour voters who backed Brexit feel now?

Lord Owen writing in the Mail on Sunday, 20 October 2019.

Read the article here: 5 million Labour voters

Extract:

The result of the 2016 referendum cannot be reversed – it must be honoured, The genie cannot be simply put back in the bottle as Remainers, including those who backed yesterday’s successful Letwin amendment, would like to believe.

There is an obligation on our politicians to complete our withdrawal by …