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Episode 3

Iconoclasts, Series 3 Episode 3 of 3

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 15 September 2010

Journalist and author James Bartholomew argues that the National Health Service should be abolished. "It is not one of the best health-care systems in the world - it's actually one of the worst." His views will be challenged by Dr Sam Everington (a G.P. from the East End of London), Sir Gerry Robinson (presenter of the TV series 'Can Gerry Robinson Save The NHS?') and Nick Seddon (deputy-director of the think-tank 'Reform').
The live studio discussion is chaired by Edward Stourton. Join in the debate by emailing iconoclasts@bbc.co.uk or text during the programme on 84844.
Producer: Peter Everett.

  • The Iconoclast: James Bartholmew

    The Iconoclast: James Bartholmew

    James Bartholomew trained as a banker before going into journalism with a variety of publications including the Financial Times, the Far Eastern Economic Review, the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail. He has lived in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Paris and Denver. He now lives in London. He has written three books the most recent of which is 'The Welfare State We're In'.

  • Nick Seddon

    Nick Seddon

    Nick is Deputy Director of Reform. Before joining Reform, Nick was Head of Communications at Circle, an employee-owned healthcare company. He has written columns and features for The Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Guardian, Economist, Spectator and Time Out, among others. Nick has published a number of books and reports, including Who Cares?, which explored the relationship between the third sector and the state; and Quite Like Heaven? Options for the NHS in a Consumer Age. Nick is the Chairman of the Directory of Social Change, an independent charity.

  • Sir Gerry Robinson

    Sir Gerry Robinson

    Sir Gerry Robinson is a manager – sometimes called a ‘management guru’. He has run some big companies, such as Granada, BSkyB and Allied Domecq. He’s also been Chairman of Arts Council England, and is currently Chairman of Moto Hospitality. He has appeared in TV's "Grumpy Old Men", and has presented several TV series of his own including “Can Gerry Robinson Fix The NHS?” He followed that up last year with a series about dementia care homes. Gerry was awarded a Knighthood in 2003 for Services to the Arts and Business.

  • Dr Sam Everington

    Dr Sam Everington

    Dr Sam Everington is a GP in the East End of London’s Bromley-by-Bow Centre. The centre takes a holistic approach to health care and includes complimentary therapies, art studios, a nursery, community care projects, landscape and graphic design, public art and a community café. Sam is a qualified Barrister and a member of the BMA and GMC Councils. In 1999 he received an OBE for services to inner city primary care.


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