Centre for Health and the Public Interest

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Mission: To ensure the public interest is given primary importance in the development and discussion of Health and Social Care policy.

Type:Think tank
Areas:National Health Service
Legal Status:Charitable organisation
HQ:London, UK
Funding:Only from non-partisan people & organisations
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The CHPI was founded to "defend the founding principles of the NHS". It scrutinises current policy, and explores alternative solutions to the challenges of providing high quality Health and Social care. Recently, it has focused on the debilitating financial damage that successive govts have inflicted on the NHS – and thus on the taxpayer – with their Private Finance Initiatives, and is looking at ways to avoid the worst of the fallout.

Transparency Rating: Transparify  [1]


London's Hospitals and Schools PFI Schemes. With interest in a greater role for City Hall in London's NHS, this data blog looks at the extent of Private Finance Initiative payments in London. It uses existing data collected by CHPI's researchers on hospitals and schools. Research Team, CHPI, Feb.21.2018.

Capital cost: £2.8 bn. Total repaid by taxpayers over contract lifetime: £22.2 bn.

Counting the Cost of School PFI Schemes. Along with the NHS, local authorities and schools in England have been tackling their own financial difficulties brought about by funding shortfalls. This blog extends CHPI’s existing analysis on Private Finance Initiative in the NHS to look at the Education Sector in England, and potential avenues for saving taxpayers money. Research Team, CHPI, Feb.18.2018.

Capital cost: £8.6 bn. Total repaid by taxpayers over contract lifetime: £32 bn.

The NHS: Fake News. Misuse of information in discussions about the spending and performance of the NHS is all too common: the future of the NHS relies on getting the basic facts right. Colin Leys, CHPI, Feb.12.2018.


Executive Management Team

  • Co-Chair: Professor Colin Leys, emeritus professor at Queen’s University, Canada; honorary research professor at Goldsmiths, University of London.
  • Co-Chair: Professor Sue Richards, freelance writer on issues of public management and leadership. Formerly: Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government, Professor of Public Management at the University of Birmingham; senior civil servant in the Cabinet Office (2005-2010); Director of the National School of Government.
  • Dr John Owens, lecturer in Ethics and Public Policy at King’s College London. Co-founder of the Interdisciplinary and Empirical Ethics Network.
  • Dr Guddi Singh, paediatrician at the The Whittington Hospital in London.
  • Finance Officer: Keir Wright-White, director of an architecture practice; runs a small construction business.

Non-Executive Directors

  • Dr David McCoy, professor at Queen Mary University London and Advisor to the Director of Medact.
  • Dr Jonathan Tomlinson, GP in Hackney, East London. Blogs about the relationships between doctors, patients and health policy at abetternhs.net.


  • Research Officer: Vivek Kotecha, currently studying for an MSc in Economics.

Advisory Panel

  • Chair: Professor David Hunter, Director of the Centre for Public Policy and Health at Durham University; advises WHO on public health and health system reform issues.
  • Professor James Curran, rofessor of Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London.
  • Professor Marianna Fotaki, professor of Business Ethics at the University of Warwick; working on an ESRC-funded project on Whistleblowing, a British Academy-funded project on Corruption, and conducting pilot projects on Solidarity responses and migration in Greece.
  • Professor Bob Hudson, Visiting Professor in Public Policy at the University of Durham.
  • Professor John Mohan, Professor of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham; Deputy Director of the Third Sector Research Centre.
  • Dr Alex Scott-Samuel, Honorary Professor in the School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health at Durham University; Visiting Professor at Chester University.
  • Professor Gareth Williams, Professor of medical sociology in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University; Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Director of the Cardiff Institute of Society, Health and Wellbeing; joint Editor-in-Chief of Sociology of Health and Illness.