President and Vice Presidents

Sir Robert Francis QC

President

The Patients Association has announced that Sir Robert Francis QC, who led the public inquiry into poor care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust, is to become its President. Sir Robert Francis is a high-profile silk who led the nationally reported…...

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Sir Robert Francis QC

Dame Esther Rantzen

Vice President

Dame Esther Rantzen, CBE, joins the Patients Association to support their vision for a truly caring, compassionate and honest care system The Patients Association has announced that Dame Esther Rantzen, CBE, who founded the child protection charity ChildLine in 1986…...

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Dame Esther Rantzen

Dr Jackie Morris

Vice President

Dr Jackie Morris trained at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School and qualified in 1971. She decided to specialise in medical care of older people from a young age. Having completed her training in General Medicine and Geriatric Medicine she was…...

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Dr Jackie Morris

Jo Brand

Vice President

Since leaving her job as a psychiatric nurse in 1987, Jo Brand has built a large following across the UK appearing initially on the Saturday Live television show. In 1993 she became a resident panellist, along with Tony Hawks, on…...

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Jo Brand

Lynn Faulds-Wood

Vice President

Lynn has had a varied career both in television and magazine/newspaper journalism, and was granted by a number of awards for her journalist talent (Consumer Journalist of the Decade 1980s, Motoring Writer of the Year, Medical Broadcaster of the Year…...

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Lynn Faulds-Wood

Dr Phil Hammond

Vice President

Dr Phil Hammond is a GP, writer, journalist, broadcaster, campaigner, comedian and lecturer. He is currently a part-time GP and Lecturer in Medical Communication at Bristol Medical School. He received the Owen Wade Award for Teacher of the Year in…...

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Dr Phil Hammond

Professor Iain Hutchison

Vice President

Professor Iain Hutchison has been Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon St Bartholomew’s, The Royal London Hospital & Homerton Hospitals since 1989. He has built a tertiary referral practice in head and neck cancer based on high standards of ablative surgery…...

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Professor Iain Hutchison

Sir Donald Irvine

Vice President

Sir Donald Irvine, CBE, MD, FRCGP, FRCP, FMedSCi Ex-President of the General Medical Council, UK Sir Donald Irvine says: Patients want doctors who are technically excellent, honest and reliable, and who respect them and make them feel special. For them,…...

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Sir Donald Irvine

Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws

Vice President

A barrister, writer, broadcaster and peer – Helena Kennedy is one of the best-known of her profession both within the law and beyond it. Bold and fearless, the Labour peer has never hesitated to criticise her party’s line on law…...

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Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws

Baroness Masham of Ilton

Vice President

The Baroness Masham of Ilton is an active member of the House of Lords. She has a particular concern in issues surrounding health and disability. Beyond being Vice-President of The Patients Association, the Baroness Masham is a fellow of the…...

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Baroness Masham of Ilton

Professor Andrew Pearson

Vice President

Professor Andrew Pearson became a Vice President of the Patients Association in 2009. On joining the Patients Association he said, I have watched the organisation campaign over the years and now is the moment for everyone to support its campaigns.…...

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Professor Andrew Pearson

Angela Rippon

Vice President

Angela’s career has embraced a large variety of programmes on both radio and television for both Commercial and BBC stations, in Britain and America. She has been involved with a number of charities. Beyond being Vice President of The Patients…...

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Angela Rippon

Lord Wolfson of Sunningdale

Vice President

David Wolfson is a Conservative peer. He was director of Great Universal Stores from 1973 to 1978 and from 1993 to 2000, and chairman from 1996 to 2000. In 1978 and 1979, he was Secretary to the Shadow Cabinet and…...

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Lord Wolfson of Sunningdale