Tony Haines

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 16 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5145
  1. Colin Brewer, London
  1. brewerismo{at}

Psychiatrist and GP who modernised addiction services

Tony Haines, who died on 19 June, migrated professionally from general practice in Cambridge to developing services in such diverse areas as addiction medicine, student health, and computerised records. He also helped to make life safer for British expatriates and travellers when the HIV explosion made being ill or having treatment in some parts of the world more than usually hazardous.

His father was an air commodore in the Royal Air Force and Tony did his national service as an artillery officer before entering medical school. His decision not to take the easier and more conventional route—a commission in the medical corps after qualification—may have been an early sign of his lack of career predictability. Another was his decision to show the poor security at his army base by hiding a selection of weapons under his bed. This caused much panic, but security greatly improved as a result. A …

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