Examination of Witnesses (Questions 438
THURSDAY 14 DECEMBER 2000
HEATH, CBE, DR
DRINKWATER, CBE, DR
Chairman: Colleagues, can I welcome you to this
morning's session of the Committee. Welcome to our first set of
witnesses. We appreciate your cooperation with our inquiry and
the written evidence that you have sent us. I understand there
is one declaration of interest this morning.
John Austin: We will be receiving evidence from
the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association
which is a part of the MSF Trade Union and I am declaring that
I am a member of the MSF Trade Union.
438. If there are no more declarations, could
I ask each of our witnesses to briefly introduce themselves to
(Dr Heath) I am Dr Iona Heath. I am a
general practitioner in Kentish Town in London. I am representing
the Royal College of GPs, where I am a member of the Council and
the Health Inequalities Task Group.
(Dr Archard) I am Dr Graham Archard. I am a GP from
Christchurch in Dorset and also a member of the Council of the
College of GPs.
(Professor Drinkwater) I am Professor Chris Drinkwater.
I am an academic general practitioner. I am here representing
the NHS Alliance and I am public health lead for the NHS Alliance.
439. Could you say a little bit about the Alliance?
(Professor Drinkwater) The NHS Alliance is basically
a group which was established four years ago. It represents general
practitioners and primary health care professionals and primary
care groups and primary care trusts. It essentially represents
their interests. It is very much based on an interprofessional
model of primary health care and we have representatives of the
CPHVA and the RCN on our executive group.
(Dr Crowley) I am Philip Crowley, representing the
NHS Alliance. I have been developing for the last six years a
model of community development and primary care, which we will
be discussing today.
(Ms Jackson) I am Pat Jackson from the Community Practitioners'
and Health Visitors' Association and I am a professional officer
for school health and public health.
(Ms Amadi) I am Obi Amadi from the Community Practitioners'
and Health Visitors' Association. I am lead professional officer
and have a background in health visiting.