The Great Oxford Debate

‘Should the NHS be independent of Government?’ That was the question on everyone’s lips at the eleventh PharmaTimes Great Oxford Debate, which was sponsored by Oxford International.

In one corner of this world-renowned debating chamber, and speaking in favour of the motion, were Professor Brian Edwards, chairman of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, and Dr Trevor Jones, director general of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry. Dr Jones had stepped into the breach at the last minute, following the sudden illness of Professor Alan Maynard. Standing firmly on the other side of the dispatch box – and opposing the motion – were former health minister, Lord Philip Hunt, and chief executive of University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust, Mark Britnell.

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