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Professor Allyson Pollock trained in medicine and is a public health physician and academic scholar. She is Director of the Institute of Health and Society in the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University.
She has been head of the Public Health Policy Unit at University College London and director of research and development at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, director of the Centre for International Public Health Policy at the University of Edinburgh, and professor of public health research and policy at Queen Mary University of London.
Professor Pollock is best known for her active commitment, spanning more than two decades, to promoting universal public health care in the UK, and she is a leading authority on the fundamental principles of universal health systems, marketisation and public private partnerships, and international trade law and health.
Her current research is into access to medicines and rational medicines use, and pharmaceutical regulation and regulatory science; and the epidemiology of child and sports injury.
She is currently a member of the Council of British Medical Association and also the BMA International Committee and BMA Public Health Committee.
She is also a leading global health educationalist, having set up trailblazing global health teaching programmes at Edinburgh and Queen Mary.She is co-author of two books, NHS plc: the privatisation of our health care (Verso) and The New NHS: a guide, (Routledge). Her new book on rugby injury in children, Tackling rugby: what every parent should know about injuries was published in 2014 by Verso.
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