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David Owen raises concerns about the proposed NHS reforms

“Unfortunately my assessment of the Government’s proposed NHS Reforms of 8 February 2021 has proved to be far too optimistic and the Brexit campaign’s commitment to return to the 1948 model of the Secretary of State providing a democratically controlled  comprehensive NHS as held sway from 1948 until 2001 is being quietly buried by Matt Hancock and Sir Simon Stevens.

“The evidence for this comes from an exceptionally powerful analysis …


David Owen discusses current topics with Matt Forde

Broadcast in the series ‘The Political Party, Matt Forde’. 21 May 2021.
1hr 58″

David Owen reminisces about Roy Jenkins, Shirley Williams and Margaret Thatcher, but also delivers sharp political analysis about Keir Starmer, Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn and Brexit…. His insights on the international stage include brilliant stories about his encounters with Ronald Reagan, Robert Mugabe and Slobodan Milosevic.

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Queen’s Speech debate: the democratic powers and responsibility for the NHS should be returned to the Secretary of State.

Speaking in the House of Lords Queen’s Speech debate on Wednesday 12 May 2021, Lord Owen argues powerfully and passionately for the democratic powers and responsibility for the NHS to be returned to the Secretary of State. View his speech here: https://youtu.be/KJEWR_-rhTI


‘Planet Normal’ interview with David Owen on current topics

Lord Owen speaks to the Planet Normal podcast of the UK’s Daily Telegraph (22 April 2021). In a wide-ranging interview, he discusses the Government’s response to Covid, the various lobbying scandals and the wisdom of proper Cabinet Government. In particular, in the wake of the death of Shirley Williams he talks of the ‘what ifs’ of history if she had become, as he wished, leader of the Social Democratic Party …


At Last: ban on UK blood plasma lifted

On 5 June 2021 DHSC, NHS & Treasury at last approved the Transfusion Services’ business plan for saving and exploiting recovered plasma and source plasma for fractionation. The necessary funding has been allocated for the current year and will form a routine part of the services’ public expenditure allocation(s) in the years ahead. This brings to an end the uncertainties that had persisted around this topic despite the Government’s announcement …


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 …


China’s latest acts of oppression must act as a wake-up call

Lord Owen writes in The Times, 26 November 2020

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The third breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration by the Chinese Communist Party should serve as a wake-up call not just to Britain but to her allies as well.

The pace at which President Xi has dismantled Hong Kong’s democracy through the purging of pro-democracy and the recent arrests of former pro-democracy lawmakers only points to


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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