BMJ and The King's Fund debate 2009

This House believes doctors are neglecting their duty to lead health service change
Date: 
Venue: 
The King's Fund

In brief

More than 150 senior doctors, health care leaders and policy makers joined an expert panel to debate whether or not doctors are neglecting their duty to lead health service change, at an event run jointly by the BMJ and The King's Fund on 28 April 2009.

The event opened with a vote to see how many people agreed with the motion before the debate itself took place. The result from this was 63 per cent of people were in support of the motion and 37 per cent were against.

After a highly entertaining debate (listen below), the vote was taken again, where the motion was narrowly defeated by 49 per cent to 51 per cent.

Catch up with the debate

Speakers

Speakers

Chair

Dr Fiona Godlee, Editor in Chief of the BMJ, chaired the debate.

International speaker

There was also a short introduction from Professor Richard Bohmer, from Harvard Business School where he runs a joint medical and MBA programme and teaches on a medical management course

Proposers

The team proposing the motion that doctors are neglecting their duty to lead health service change were:

  • Professor Alan Maynard, Professor of Health Economics, Department of Health Sciences, University of York
  • Dr James Mountford, Healthcare Specialist, McKinsey

Opposers

The opposing team were:

  • Dr James Cave, GP, Berkshire West Primary Care Trust
  • Dr Mark Goldman, Chief Executive, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust