John Appleby: Hoping for the “Appleby paradox”BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h107 (Published 14 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h107
John Appleby is 56 and practises the science of economics with a cheerful demeanour. As chief economist at the King’s Fund since 1998 he often has to spell out gloomy news about financial dangers and missed targets, as a barometer of the NHS’s financial and organisational health. Given politicians’ propensity for putting the best complexion on whatever muddle they find themselves in, Appleby provides a much needed reality check. Before joining the King’s Fund he worked for the NHS in Birmingham and London, as well as the NHS Confederation’s predecessor body, the University of Birmingham, and the University of East Anglia. He is a visiting professor at City University and Imperial College, both in London.
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