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Should corporations be involved in deciding public health policy?

The Imperial College International Public Health Society is hosting a debate entitled:

Should corporations be involved in deciding public health policy? 

Monday 31st January 2011
Starts: 17.50
Finishes: 19.00
Location: Clinical Lecture Theatre (Room 234), Cambridge Wing, St Mary’s Hospital Paddington, Praed Street, London W2 1NY.

The Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, recently announced his new plans for corporations such as McDonalds and PepsiCo to be key players in writing UK public health policy. They will co-chair five ‘responsibility deals’ with government ministers, which will give them unprecedented power and influence. Will this help fight obesity, alcohol and diet-related diseases, or make these problems worse?

The 3 speakers will be:

MELANIE LEECH, Director General of the Food and Drink Federation.
The Food and Drink Federation is the UK’s largest trade association representing food and drink companies such as Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Cadbury’s, Mars, Nestle, Muller Dairy, McVities…

Dr Grant Blair

I am very sad to have to report that Dr Grant Blair died in December 2010. Grant died peacefully at home from the complications of a long-term illness. Grant was for many years the joint head of the Year 6 General Practice Student Assistantship on the undergraduate medical course at Imperial College. During his time at Imperial College, he made a considerable contribution to undergraduate primary care education, and was a very committed and popular teacher. Grant also made important contributions to postgraduate teaching and training in primary care, both in the UK and overseas. Grant was also for many years a GP at the Lillie Road Surgery in Fulham. The picture below shows Grant on one of his educational trips to China, where he was very held in very high esteem for the work he did to develop primary healthcare.

Dr Mabel Alli

It is with great sadness that I have to report the death of Dr Mabel Alli. Mabel died in December 2010 from the complications of a long-term illness. Mabel was the Director of the North West London Haemoglobinopathy Network, which is based in the Department of Public Health at Brent Primary Care Trust, and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Primary Care & Public Health at Imperial College. Through her work with the Haemoglobinopathy Network, Mabel made an important contribution to improving the care of people with sickle cell disease and thalassaemia. In her most recent project, Mabel was working with the NW London CLAHRC programme to develop a training programme in sickle cell disease for general practitioners in Brent PCT.