Sir Ian Kennedy QC is currently Emeritus Professor of Health Law, Ethics and Policy at UCL, an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, and VP of the College of Medicine. He was previously Dean of the Law School at King's College, chaired the public inquiry into paediatric cardiac surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, and was chair of the Healthcare Commission from 2003 to 2009 (before it became the CQC). He spoke on 'Reshaping the NHS' at the annual general meeting of the British Fulbright Scholar's Association held at the very impressive Two Temple Place. Eminent Fulbrighters in the audience included Professor John Lazarus and the amazing Katharine Whitehorn, who at the age of 85 joined me on the tube to north London!
As expected Sir Ian was not particularly kind to the NHS. I did stand up at the end and make some important points in the NHS' defence. However, I am not sure how well I fared against both a QC and Knight of the British Empire!
More details on the evening to follow later.