Dr Eric Watts

Public Need before Private Greed
Public Need before Private Greed

As a survivor of teenage cancer I took up a career in medicine  and worked as a GP in Clapham and Canada before specialising in haematology.

Since becoming a consultant in 1989 I have endeavored to practice patient centred medicine and have participated in self help and support groups and was a member of the DoH/Cancer Macmillan survivorship initiative.

After retiring from my consultant post I joined the local hospital Cancer Services User Group to help in advising the Trust on the need to implement the recommendations of the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative. I work with local patient groups on patient involvement and with the CLP.

I was a clinical director and Basildon hospital for 10 years and have seen excellent work in the NHS as well as some challenging situations.

I see SHA as an important influence in health policy and that to be more effective we must make  our immediate focus to be promoting policies to improve the NHS; to end the purchaser/ provider split and restore a comprehensive health system.

In the last weeks I have been forming a new group of doctors, Doctors for the NHS, to campaign for the NHS to return to its founding principles as I believe the weight of our professional opinions can help the pro NHS alliance & SHA in influencing public opinion and defending the attacks on the service.

No interests to declare.

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