Pollock, Allyson

Allyson Pollock

Title: Professor
FFPH, FRCGP
Professor of Public Health Research and Policy; Co-director, Global Health, Policy & Innovation Unit

Prof Allyson Pollock and her colleagues undertake research and teaching intended to assist realisation of the principles of social justice and public health, with a particular emphasis on heath systems research, trade, and pharmaceuticals. A strong emphasis is on developing critical analysis through education and research and through translating research findings into policy at the national and international level. The work is interdisciplinary, including epidemiology, law, statistics, economics, accounting, sociology, and anthropology.

Universal access to health care is the primary focus and in particular the means by which local and national systems redistribute resources across society by sharing the risks and costs of ill-health. The work includes the study of public private partnerships in health and long term care, pharmaceuticals, and medical research, and how public health interfaces with trade law and intellectual property agreements.

Local and global issues converge around, for instance, the social and economic aspects of clinical trials, how medicines are accessed, the estimation of the global burden of disease, and evidence underpinning access to medicines policies; the setting of health care priorities through the creation and use of clinical evidence; and the export of managed health care systems.

Personal website: http://www.allysonpollock.com/

Bio

Allyson Pollock is Professor of Public Health Research & Policy. She was director of the Centre for International Public Health Policy at the University of Edinburgh and before that head of the Public Health Policy Unit at UCL and director of research & development at UCL Hospitals NHS Trust. She trained in medicine in Scotland and became a consultant in public health in 1986.

Her research interests include globalisation; privatisation, marketisation and PFI / PPPs; pharmaceuticals and clinical trials; and child injuries. She is the author of NHS plc and co-author of The New NHS: a guide.

Research

Public health research; globalisation and public health; intellectual property, pharmaceuticals, and medical research; public private partnerships; childhood injury

Publications

Key Publications

Chu C, Brhlikova P, Pollock AM. Rethinking WHO guidance: review of evidence for misoprostol use in the prevention of postpartum haemorrhage. J R Soc Med 2012;105:336-347.

Mattheij I, Pollock AM. Do cervical cancer data justify HPV vaccination in India? Epidemiological data sources and comprehensiveness. J R Soc Med 2012;105(6):250-262.

Pollock AM, Brhlikova, P, Manners, R. Global burden of disease estimates of depression - how reliable is the epidemiological evidence? J R Soc Med 2011;104:25–35.

Pollock AM, Price D, Roderick P, Treuherz T, McCoy D, McKee M, Reynolds L. How the health and social care bill 2011 would end entitlement to comprehensive health care in England. The Lancet 2012;379(9812):221-228.

Pollock AM, Price D. The health and social care bill: how the secretary of state for health proposes to abolish the NHS in England. BMJ 2011;342:d1695.

Pollock AM, Price D. The private finance initiative: the gift that goes on taking. BMJ 2010;341:c7175.

Richardson E, Pollock AM. Community pharmacy: moving from dispensing to diagnosis and treatment. BMJ 2010;340:c2298.

1                Chu C, Brhlikova P, Pollock AM. Rethinking WHO guidance: review of evidence for misoprostol use in the prevention of postpartum haemorrhage. J R Soc Med 2012;105:336-347.

2                Mattheij I, Pollock AM. Do cervical cancer data justify HPV vaccination in India? Epidemiological data sources and comprehensiveness. J R Soc Med 2012;105(6):250-262.


All publications from PubLists

(2014). Assessing equity in the geographical distribution of community pharmacies in South Africa in preparation for a national health insurance scheme.. Bull World Health Organ Vol.92, (7) 482-489.
10.2471/BLT.13.130005
(2014). Trust in the time of markets: protecting patient information.. Lancet Vol.383, (9928) 1523-1524.
10.1016/S0140-6736(14)60727-3
(2014). The Immigration Bill: extending charging regimes and scapegoating the vulnerable will pose risks to public health.. J R Soc Med Vol.107, (4) 132-133.
10.1177/0141076814526132
(2014). NHS Scotland reduces the postcode lottery for hip arthroplasty: an ecological study of the impact of waiting time initiatives.. J R Soc Med Vol.107, (6) 237-245.
10.1177/0141076814523950
(2014). OSELTAMIVIR AND ZANAMIVIR FOR FLU Department of Health's misguided alert recommending neuraminidase inhibitors for flu. BMJ-BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL Vol.348, () 1756-1833 -.
10.1136/bmj.g1594
(2014). Loss of population data sources when health systems are not responsible for geographically defined populations: implications of the Health and Social Care Act of 2012 in England.. Evid Based Med Vol.19, (1) 4-5.
10.1136/eb-2013-101287
(2014). Why the GMC should set up a central registry of doctors' competing interests. BMJ-BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL Vol.348, () 1756-1833 -.
10.1136/bmj.g236
(2014). A wolf in sheep's clothing: how Monitor is using licensing powers to reduce hospital and community services in England under the guise of continuity.. BMJ Vol.349, () g5603-.
10.1136/bmj.g5603
(2014). Commentary: Evidence versus influence in the WHO procedure for approving essential medicines: misoprostol for maternal health.. BMJ Vol.349, () g4823-.
(2014). Injury surveillance in Europe and the UK.. BMJ Vol.349, () g5337-.
10.1136/bmj.g5337
(2013). Registration, procurement, distribution, and use of misoprostol in Uganda: an interview-based observational study. LANCET Vol.382, () 0140-6736 10-10.
(2013). Mid Staffordshire should lead to a fundamental rethink of government policy.. BMJ Vol.346, () f2190-.
10.1136/bmj.f2190
(2013). Planning for closure: the role of special administrators in reducing NHS hospital services in England.. BMJ Vol.347, () f7322-.
10.1136/bmj.f7322
(2013). Will expansion of the NHS abroad benefit UK patients? No.. BMJ Vol.346, () e8496-.
(2012). Rethinking WHO guidance on misoprostol use in the prevention of postpartum heamorrhage: authors' response.. J R Soc Med Vol.105, (11) 455-456.
10.1258/jrsm.2012.12k083
(2012). Author's response: HPV vaccination in India.. J R Soc Med Vol.105, (9) 366-367.
10.1258/jrsm.2012.12k066
(2012). Rethinking WHO guidance: review of evidence for misoprostol use in the prevention of postpartum haemorrhage.. J R Soc Med Vol.105, (8) 336-347.
10.1258/jrsm.2012.120044
(2012). Defending the UK's National Health Service. LANCET Vol.380, (9836) 0140-6736 26-27.
10.1016/S0140-6736(12)60995-7
(2012). Communicating the risk of injury in schoolboy rugby: using Poisson probability as an alternative presentation of the epidemiology.. Br J Sports Med Vol.46, (8) 611-613.
10.1136/bjsports-2011-090431
(2012). Do cervical cancer data justify HPV vaccination in India? Epidemiological data sources and comprehensiveness.. J R Soc Med Vol.105, (6) 250-262.
10.1258/jrsm.2012.110343
(2012). A flawed Bill with a hidden purpose. LANCET Vol.379, (9820) 0140-6736 999-999.
10.1016/S0140-6736(12)60246-3
(2012). How the Health and Social Care Bill 2011 would end entitlement to comprehensive health care in England.. Lancet Vol.379, (9814) 387-389.
10.1016/S0140-6736(12)60119-6
(2012). Authors' reply to Soljak.. BMJ Vol.344, () e4141-.
(2012). Dismantling the signposts to public health? NHS data under the Health and Social Care Act 2012.. BMJ Vol.344, () e2364-.
10.1136/bmj.e2364
(2012). Health and Social Care Bill 2011: a legal basis for charging and providing fewer health services to people in England.. BMJ Vol.344, () e1729-.
10.1136/bmj.e1729
(2012). India's patent laws under pressure. Lancet Vol.380, (9846) e2-e4.
10.1016/S0140-6736(12)61513-X
(2012). PFI hospitals bear the cost of Libor manipulation.. BMJ Vol.345, () e5095-.
10.1136/bmj.e5095
(2011). In defence of our research on competition in England's National Health Service Reply. LANCET Vol.378, (9809) 0140-6736 2065-2066.
(2011). No evidence that patient choice in the NHS saves lives.. Lancet Vol.378, (9809) 2057-2060.
10.1016/S0140-6736(11)61553-5
(2011). HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE BILL In defence of the NHS: why writing to the House of Lords was necessary. BRIT MED J Vol.343, () 0959-535X -.
10.1136/bmj.d6535
(2011). The final frontier: The UK's new coalition government turns the English National Health Service over to the global health care market. HEALTH SOCIOLOGY REVIEW Vol.20, (3) 1446-1242 294-305.
(2011). NHS REFORMS NHS rethink: charade or cause for new hope?. BRIT MED J Vol.342, () 0959-535X -.
10.1136/bmj.d3995
(2011). Monitoring access to out-of-hours care services in Scotland - a review.. J R Soc Med Vol.104, (4) 162-172.
10.1258/jrsm.2011.100249
(2011). Global Burden of Disease estimates of depression--how reliable is the epidemiological evidence?. J R Soc Med Vol.104, (1) 25-34.
10.1258/jrsm.2010.100080
(2011). How the secretary of state for health proposes to abolish the NHS in England.. BMJ Vol.342, () d1695-.
(2011). Private finance initiatives during NHS austerity.. BMJ Vol.342, () d324-.
(2010). Christmas 2010: Editorial The private finance initiative: the gift that goes on taking. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL Vol.341, () 1756-1833 -.
10.1136/bmj.c7175
(2010). Maudsley Debate Should NHS mental health services fear the private sector? Yes. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL Vol.341, () 1756-1833 -.
10.1136/bmj.c5382
(2010). White paper More brickbats than bouquets?. BRIT MED J Vol.341, () 0959-535X -.
10.1136/bmj.c3977
(2010). Recruitment of minority ethnic groups into clinical cancer research trials to assess adherence to the principles of the Department of Health Research Governance Framework: national sources of data and general issues arising from a study in one hospital trust in England.. J Med Ethics Vol.36, (6) 358-362.
10.1136/jme.2009.033845
(2010). Election views. BRIT MED J Vol.340, () 0959-535X -.
10.1136/bmj.c2095
(2010). Community pharmacy: moving from dispensing to diagnosis and treatment.. BMJ Vol.340, () c2298-.
(2010). Should NHS mental health services fear the private sector? Yes.. BMJ Vol.341, () c5382-.
(2009). Commercial confidentiality: a cloak for policy failure. BRIT J GEN PRACT Vol.59, (569) 0960-1643 893-894.
10.3399/bjgp09X473114
(2009). The commercialisation of GP services: a survey of APMS contracts and new GP ownership.. Br J Gen Pract Vol.59, (567) e339-e343.
10.3399/bjgp09X472638
(2009). Independent sector treatment centres: the first independent evaluation, a Scottish case study.. J R Soc Med Vol.102, (7) 278-286.
10.1258/jrsm.2009.090092
(2009). Independent sector treatment centres: learning from a Scottish case study. BRIT MED J Vol.338, () 0959-8146 -.
10.1136/bmj.b1421
(2009). Equity and NHS reforms. What about independent sector treatment centres?. BMJ Vol.339, () b4255-.
10.1136/bmj.b4255
(2009). Independent sector treatment centres: learning from a Scottish case study.. BMJ Vol.338, () b1421-.
(2009). Non-profit distribution: the Scottish approach to private finance in public services. Social Policy & Society Vol.8, (3) 405-418.
10.1017/S1474746409004928
(2009). Policy on the rebound: trends and causes of delayed discharges in the NHS.. J R Soc Med Vol.102, (1) 22-28.
10.1258/jrsm.2008.080202
(2009). Waiting list and waiting time statistics in Britain: a critical review.. Public Health Vol.123, (1) 47-51.
10.1016/j.puhe.2008.06.005
(2008). Using SitReps performance data to monitor the delayed discharge process.. Health Serv Manage Res Vol.21, (3) 0951-4848 155-160.
10.1258/hsmr.2007.007030
(2008). Preventing injury in childhood. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL Vol.336, (7658) 0959-535X 1388-1389.
10.1136/bmj.a298
(2008). Independent sector treatment centres: evidence so far.. BMJ Vol.336, (7641) 421-424.
10.1136/bmj.39470.505556.80
(2007). The market in primary care.. BMJ Vol.335, (7618) 475-477.
10.1136/bmj.39303.425359.AD
(2007). Carrot and sticks? The Community Care Act (2003) and the effect of financial incentives on delays in discharge from hospitals in England.. J Public Health (Oxf) Vol.29, (3) 1741-3842 281-287.
10.1093/pubmed/fdm026
(2007). The case against private provision in the NHS. ANNALS OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS OF ENGLAND Vol.89, (4) 0035-8843 338-339.
(2006). Privatising primary care. BRIT J GEN PRACT Vol.56, (529) 0960-1643 565-566.
(2006). Best research - The new UK medical research strategy helps industry, but will it improve health?. BRIT MED J Vol.332, (7536) 0959-8146 247-248.
10.1136/bmj.332.7536.247
(2006). Quality research in healthcare: are researchers getting enough statistical support?. BMC Health Serv Res Vol.6, () 2-.
10.1186/1472-6963-6-2
(2005). Evidence not ideology - The BMJ should take a position on the evidence about privatisation. BRIT MED J Vol.331, (7522) 0959-8146 964-964.
10.1136/bmj.331.7522.964
(2005). Are we on track - can we monitor bed targets in the NHS plan for England?. J Public Health (Oxf) Vol.27, (3) 1741-3842 263-269.
10.1093/pubmed/fdi035
(2005). The reform of UK research ethics committees: throwing the baby out with the bath water?. J MED ETHICS Vol.31, (8) 0306-6800 487-489.
10.1136/jme.2004.010546
(2004). Implications of the draft European Union services directive for health care. LANCET Vol.364, (9441) 0140-6736 1200-1202.
10.1016/S0140-6736(04)17158-4
(2004). Questioning the claims from Kaiser.. Br J Gen Pract Vol.54, (503) 0960-1643 415-421.
(2004). Choice and responsiveness for older people in "patient centred" NHS - New community care regulations mean that older people may not be able to choose where they are treated. BRIT MED J Vol.328, (7430) 0959-535X 4-5.
10.1136/bmj.328.7430.4
(2004). United Kingdom research governance strategy - Reforming clinical research and development in England - Reply. BRIT MED J Vol.328, (7430) 0959-535X 50-50.
10.1136/bmj.328.7430.50
(2003). NHS and the Health and Social Care Bill: end of Bevan's vision?. BMJ Vol.327, (7421) 982-985.
10.1136/bmj.327.7421.982
(2003). The public health implications of world trade negotiations on the general agreement on trade in services and public services.. Lancet Vol.362, (9389) 1072-1075.
10.1016/S0140-6736(03)14419-4
(2003). New deal from the World Trade Organisation - May not provide essential medicines for poor countries. BRIT MED J Vol.327, (7415) 0959-535X 571-572.
10.1136/bmj.327.7415.571
(2003). Reforming clinical research and development in England. BRIT MED J Vol.327, (7414) 0959-535X 550-553.
10.1136/bmj.327.7414.550
(2003). United Kingdom research governance strategy. BRIT MED J Vol.327, (7414) 0959-535X 553-556.
10.1136/bmj.327.7414.553
(2003). The new GMS contract - a Trojan horse?. BRIT J GEN PRACT Vol.53, (490) 0960-1643 354-355.
(2003). Downsizing of acute inpatient beds associated with private finance initiative: Scotland's case study. BRIT MED J Vol.326, (7395) 0959-535X 905-908A.
10.1136/bmj.326.7395.905
(2003). The BetterCare judgment - a challenge to health care - European competition law may cover publicly funded, privately provided care. BRIT MED J Vol.326, (7383) 0959-535X 236-237.
10.1136/bmj.326.7383.236
(2002). Private finance and "value for money" in NHS hospitals: a policy in search of a rationale?. BMJ Vol.324, (7347) 1205-1209.
10.1136/bmj.324.7347.1205
(2002). Market forces in public health.. Lancet Vol.359, (9315) 0140-6736 1363-1364.
10.1016/S0140-6736(02)08390-3
(2001). Absent voices compromise the effectiveness of nursing home regulation: a critique of regulatory reform in the UK nursing home industry.. Health Soc Care Community Vol.9, (6) 0966-0410 490-494.
10.1046/j.1365-2524.2001.00329.x
(2001). The use of acute hospital services by elderly residents of nursing and residential care homes.. Health Soc Care Community Vol.9, (6) 0966-0410 367-374.
10.1046/j.1365-2524.2001.00314.x
(2001). Capital investment in primary care - The funding and ownership of primary care premises. PUBLIC MONEY MANAGE Vol.21, (4) 0954-0962 43-49.
10.1111/1467-9302.00284
(2001). Regulating nursing homes: Caring for older people in the private sector in England.. BMJ Vol.323, (7312) 0959-8138 566-569.
10.1136/bmj.323.7312.566
(2001). Will primary care trusts lead to US-style health care? The NHS is probably safe in the government's hands - Authors' reply. BRIT MED J Vol.323, (7307) 0959-535X 281-282.
(2001). How private finance is moving primary care into corporate ownership.. BMJ Vol.322, (7292) 0959-8138 960-963.
10.1136/bmj.322.7292.960
(2001). Will primary care trusts lead to US-style health care?. BMJ Vol.322, (7292) 0959-8138 964-967.
10.1136/bmj.322.7292.964
(2001). Social policy and devolution - Scotland's decision, on long term care challenges a centralised NHS and treasury. BRIT MED J Vol.322, (7282) 0959-8138 311-312.
10.1136/bmj.322.7282.311
(2001). The British Labour government's reform of the National Health Service.. J Public Health Policy Vol.22, (4) 0197-5897 403-414.
10.2307/3343158
(2000). Rewriting the regulations: how the World Trade Organisation could accelerate privatisation in health-care systems.. Lancet Vol.356, (9246) 0140-6736 1995-2000.
10.1016/S0140-6736(00)03317-1
(2000). Will intermediate care be the undoing of the NHS? Here's another bit of covert privatisation. BRIT MED J Vol.321, (7258) 0959-8138 393-394.
10.1136/bmj.321.7258.393
(2000). Access to health care in nursing homes: a survey in one English Health Authority. HEALTH SOC CARE COMM Vol.8, (3) 0966-0410 180-185.
10.1046/j.1365-2524.2000.00238.x
(2000). Beds in the NHS - The National Bed Inquiry exposes contradictions in government policy. BRIT MED J Vol.320, (7233) 0959-8138 461-462.
10.1136/bmj.320.7233.461
(2000). Reducing DCO registrations through electronic matching of cancer registry data and routine hospital data.. Br J Cancer Vol.82, (3) 0007-0920 712-717.
10.1054/bjoc.1999.0985
(2000). Long term nursing: social care or health care? Judgment clarified the law but did not remedy its unfairness. BRIT MED J Vol.320, (7226) 0959-8138 5-6.
10.1136/bmj.320.7226.5
(1999). How the World Trade Organisation is shaping domestic policies in health care. LANCET Vol.354, (9193) 0140-6736 1889-1892.
10.1016/S0140-6736(99)11060-2
(1999). The private finance initiative - The politics of the private finance initiative and the new NHS. BRIT MED J Vol.319, (7204) 0959-8138 249-253.
(1999). The private finance initiative - Planning the "new" NHS: downsizing for the 21st century. BRIT MED J Vol.319, (7203) 0959-8138 179-184.
(1999). The private finance initiative - PFI in the NHS - is there an economic case?. BRIT MED J Vol.319, (7202) 0959-8138 116-119.
(1999). The private finance initiative - NHS capital expenditure and the private finance initiative - expansion or contraction?. BRIT MED J Vol.319, (7201) 0959-8138 48-51.
(1999). Devolution and health: challenges for Scotland and Wales.. BMJ Vol.318, (7192) 0959-8138 1195-1198.
(1999). Pump-priming the PFI: Why are privately financed hospital schemes being subsidized?. PUBLIC MONEY MANAGE Vol.19, (1) 0954-0962 55-62.
10.1111/1467-9302.00153
(1998). Deprivation and emergency admissions for cancers of colorectum, lung, and breast in south east England: ecological study. BRIT MED J Vol.317, (7153) 0959-8138 245-252.

Further information

Member of the Bevan Commission, which provides independent, expert advice to the Welsh Minister for Health and Social Services “to help ensure that changes in NHS structures set Wales on the path to a world class healthcare system” 2008-

Trustee, Transform Scotland Trust, a registered charity supported by Scottish Government and established to support and disseminate research on, and raise public awareness of, sustainable transport 2009-

www.allysonpollock.co.uk

Contact

Centre for Primary Care and Public Health
Blizard Institute
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