Podcast: Professor Sir David Haslam on how we fix the NHS

Talking General Practice speaks to Professor Sir David Haslam about his book, which explores what good healthcare should achieve and how we can create a system that is affordable, fair and effective.

Emma is joined by a very special guest Professor Sir David Haslam to discuss his new book Side Effects: How Our Healthcare Lost Its Way and How We Fix It.

Along with being a GP for over 35 years Sir David has held a number of senior posts including being both chair and president of the Royal College of GPs, president of the BMA and chair of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), a post he held from 2013 to 2019.

His book, which was published last year, explores what good healthcare should achieve and how we can create a system that is affordable, fair and provides good quality care.

This interview, which was recorded in October 2022, looks at some of the really important themes raised in the book, including why the cost of healthcare will always continue to rise, why we need to better value primary care and public health, tackling health inequalities, over-medicalisation and whether we have our priorities right when it comes to end-of-life care.

This episode was presented by GPonline editor Emma Bower. It was produced by Czarina Deen.

Useful links

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins


Already registered?

Sign in

Just published


Government confirms £2.45 core pay uplift to support 6% practice pay rise

Global sum payments per weighted patient will rise from £102.28 to £104.73 for 2023/24...

Nurse giving elderly man the flu vaccination

Flu vaccination prevented 25,000 hospitalisations last year

Health officials are urging vulnerable people to come forward for their flu jab after...

BMA strikes

Public blame government for long NHS waits as three-day strike begins

Three times as many people blame the government for the record 7.7m NHS waiting list...

GP typing at computer

GP practices asked to switch on data sharing with UK Biobank

GP practices have been asked to share patient data with the biomedical database UK...

Child vaccination

'Serious concern' as child vaccination rates slip and MMR hits new low

Health officials have voiced 'serious concern' after child vaccination rates in England...

Talking General Practice logo

Podcast: GP contract trends, the future of physician associates, cost-of-living impact on patient health

The team discusses what recent tenders for GP contracts tell us about the possible...