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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 …


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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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 …