Hospital Employees' Union

Hospital Employees' Union

October 24, 2010 12:01 ET

Former UK health secretary takes on private health care

British MP Frank Dobson says market reforms to National Health Service were expensive and ineffective; speaks at HEU convention, 2:30 p.m., October 25, Westin Bayshore in Vancouver

Attention: City Editor, Health/Medical Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor VANCOUVER, BC, MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - Oct. 24, 2010) - Former UK health secretary Frank Dobson will tell more than 650 health care workers how so-called patient-focused funding and increased privatization has undermined Britain's National Health Service.

Dobson will make his remarks on Monday at 2:30 p.m. at the Westin Bayshore Hotel (1601 Bayshore Drive in Vancouver) to delegates attending the convention of the Hospital Employees' Union.

Dobson is the MP for the central London riding of Holborn & St. Pancras and served as Tony Blair's first health secretary from 1997 to 1999.

He has held a seat in the British House of Commons for 31 years.

He is a critic of market-based reforms to UK's National Health Service in the UK often touted by the B.C. Liberal government as a blueprint for policies such as the recently introduced patient-focused funding.

Microphone plug-ins are available for the media.

Mr. Dobson is also available for interviews.

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Contact Information

  • Margi Blamey, Communications Officer, Hospital Employees' Union
    Primary Phone: 604-785-5324