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HealthWatch is a UK charity that says it promotes evidence-based medicine. It was originally set up in 1989 as the Campaign Against Health Fraud by broadcaster Nick Ross, Caroline Richmond, Vincent Marks, Petr Skrabenek. It later changed its name to HealthWatch.[1] [2]


Patrons and Presidents

The Baroness Greenfield OBE, Professor Tom Kirkwood, Lord Dick Taverne and Lord Walton of Detchant

Our chairman is Dr James May; past chairmen have included Professor David Bender, Professor John Garrow, Malcolm Brahams, and the late Dr Thurstan Brewin, the oncologist and medical writer.[3]

HealthWatch Committee

  • President: Nick Ross is one of the UK's best known broadcasters. | Chairman: Dr James May graduated from Sheffield Medical School in 1997, and is now a GP principal in Kennington | Vice Chairman: Mr. Keith Isaacson is a Senior Consultant Orthodontist currently consulting at the North Hampshire Hospital, Basingstoke | Treasurer: Anne Raikes an Oxford maths graduate who qualified as a Chartered Accountant | Newsletter Editor: Mandy Payne | Membership Secretary: Kenneth Bodman | Secretary Professor David A Bender BSc, PhD is Emeritus Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry at University College London | Dr Susan Bewley is a consultant obstetrician in maternal-fetal medicine at Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. | Walli Bounds trained in midwifery but has been involved in contraceptive research for 34 years, first at the Family Planning Association, subsequently as research co-ordinator at the Margaret Pyke Centre (University College London) | Diana Brahams, Barrister, called to the bar in 1972. Has been a tenant in Old Square Chambers, Gray's Inn since January 1991 | Malcolm Brahams, Solicitor, partner in David Wineman. Honorary Treasurer of Concern for the Mentally Ill, Council member of the Medico-Legal Society | Dr John Illman is a former editor of General Practioner |Dr Gillian Robinson | Les Rose[4]


Vincent Marks, founder member[5]

External links


  1. Campaign Against Health Fraud, Newsletter, No. 1
  2. Caroline Richmond The campaign against health fraud. Practitioner. 1989 Oct 8;233(1476):1329-30.
  3. HealthWatch HealthWatch, accessed 7 March 2011
  4. HealthWatch HealthWatch committee, accessed 7 March 2011
  5. From the back cover of Stanley Feldman and Vincent Marks, Global Warming and other Bollocks: the truth about all those science scare stories, London: John Blake, 2009.