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Truth, commerce and the academy - Inaugural lecture Professor Allyson Pollock -

Inaugural Lecture

Allyson Pollock Professor of Health Systems Research and Policy

Slaying poverty and inequality are the twin pillars of public health. Thus the good public health practitioner must formulate and design health policies to underpin mechanisms to redistribute resources more fairly. On the evidence available, universal, non-selective health systems are the surest means to this end. However, new and powerful commercial interests in the public health field have resulted in the introduction of market-based reforms in many countries’ health systems.

Professor Pollock's biography

Allyson Pollock will be joining the Centre for Health Sciences at Queen Mary, University of London in April 2011 as Professor of Public Health Policy. From 1998 to 2006 she was Professor of Health Policy and Health Services Research at UCL and Director of Research and Development at UCL hospitals, and from 2005 to 2011 she was Professor of International Public Health Policy at the University of Edinburgh. She trained in medicine in Scotland and became a consultant in public health in 1986. Her research interests include globalisation; privatisation, marketisation and public private partnerships; governance and freedom of information; pharmaceuticals and clinical trials; and child injuries. She has been invited to speak to select committees in the UK, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, and has given advice to a number of governments and health ministries, as well as to local health and citizenship organisations and campaigns.

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Times and location

This lecture took place on Tuesday 17 May 2011 in the Perrin Lecture Theatre; Whitechapel Campus


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Other lectures in the series

This lecture is part of a series of Primary Care and Public Health at Barts and The London lectures.

This lecture was recorded using Q-Review; the Queen Mary, University of London lecture capture system. This is available for use by any member of the university.