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Jeremy Taylor: From a cog to a doer

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 03 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4352


Jeremy Taylor is chief executive of National Voices, a coalition of health and social care charities in England that champions the right of patients to be involved in decisions about their care. A former Treasury civil servant with a sharp mind to match, Taylor has become the go-to man for any comment related to patient involvement—now guaranteed by the 2012 Health and Social Care Act, which (at National Voices’ insistence) included the right of patients to be consulted. Sample tweet: “Why are all three parties reluctant to spend more £ on NHS and social care but happy to blow billions on HS2: the white elephant in the room?”

What was your earliest ambition?

To avoid anything stereotypically respectable—especially doctor, lawyer, or accountant. Then I spoiled it all by becoming a civil …

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