Obituaries

Tom Waller

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7438.526 (Published 26 February 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:526

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General practitioner who helped put harm reduction on the map of British drugs policy

Tom Waller was a campaigning general practitioner who worked ceaselessly for a better deal for people with alcohol and drug problems. In his calm, determined, and persistent way he helped put harm reduction on the map of British drugs policy from the mid-1980s onwards. When harm reduction fell from the policy agenda in the late 1990s he vigorously worked to alert civil servants and ministers to the dangers of ignoring drug related harms, especially HIV and hepatitis C infection.

He worked as a London general practitioner from 1973 to 1988, with a stint as GP trainer and tutor at London medical schools and then lecturer in general practice at University College Hospital/Middlesex Medical Schools. …

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