Annual Lecture – Sally Sheard – ‘Why we are waiting: exploring the political economy of the NHS’


Ancoats Hospital Outpatients’ hall, 1952

Peaceful, orderly, and sometimes stoical waiting is a quintessentially British phenomenon. It has been a feature of the NHS since its first day. Yet there have been times when the subliminal trade-off of free treatment in return for rationing by waiting has surfaced as individual and political crises: visible in encounters between doctors and patients, and between NHS authorities and politicians. The history of waiting illuminates key shifts in NHS governance and accountability.

Speaker: Sally Sheard

Sally Sheard is the Andrew Geddes and John Rankin Professor of Modern History, with an appointment divided between the Department of Public Health and Policy and the Department of History. She is a health policy and medical historian, with a special interest in the interface between expert advisers and policymakers. She is a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator, leading a five year project (2015-2020): The Governance of Health: medical, economic and managerial expertise in Britain since 1948, and Director of the Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences of Health Medicine and Technology [CHSSoHMT]. Sally has written on the history of hospitals, the finance of British medicine, the development of the NHS and medical education.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018, 17.30

 John Snow Lecture Theatre B, LSHTM, Keppel Street Building

(Followed by a reception in the café area)

To attend RSVP to Ingrid James 020-7927-2434 or