Date of release: Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Big Picture - David McCoy, 16 Nov 2016The crisis in the NHS is the topic of a University of Greenwich public seminar on Wednesday 16 November.

Dr David McCoy, a public health expert and a lecturer at Queen Mary University London, will speak on Beyond Striking Junior Doctors and Budget Cuts: The Science and Politics of the NHS. The event is open to all, with registration details below.

"Some people believe that this cherished institution has been brought to its knees by budget cuts, profiteering and a series of reorganisations," he says. "Others argue that any sense of crisis is caused by the NHS itself, which is in need of market reform and new modes of financing.

"At the same time, public discourse about the NHS is both confused and confusing. For example, there is little clarity about the meaning and definition of a National Health Service, nor is it clear how debates about the financial sustainability of the NHS relate to other challenges such as a growing, ageing population, and the relentless pace of scientific and technological development in medicine."

Dr McCoy was trained as a medical doctor and works both in academia and the charitable sector. He has been the Director of Public Health in one of London's Primary Care Trusts, and is the Director of Medact, a global health charity. He is also a Trustee of the New Economics Foundation and the Centre for Health and the Public Interest.

Run by the university's Business School, the popular Big Picture seminar series gives high-profile speakers a chance to share their expert insights. Subjects include entrepreneurship, leadership and management, the economy and the media.

The event takes place at the Greenwich Campus from 5pm. Questions will follow the main talk.

Registration is essential due to demand:

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Story by Public RelationsPicture: Dr David McCoy.