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Alastair Henderson: Charming theatre enthusiast

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1568 (Published 25 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1568


Alastair Henderson is chief executive of the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges, a body that sees itself as the “professional conscience” of doctors and has tentacles in advisory groups, standing committees, and policy forums too numerous to mention. Rare in the higher reaches of the advisory class, he started as a Unison official, moving on to the NHS Confederation, NHS Employers, and then the Academy. In 2012 he told the Financial Times that consultants in the future might not be as well paid as today’s, in a rare excursion into jungle country. Henderson is 57.

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