Professor John Spiers

Senior Research Fellow

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Professional Background:

Born London, 30 September 1941.

Freelance writer and author since 1960: contributed to The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Sunday Telegraph, British Journal of Healthcare Management, Public Administration, etc.

External Professor, University of Glamorgan, School of Business, 1998-2006; School of Humanities and Social Sciences, 2006-2012.

Senior Research Fellow, Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London since 2003.

Adjunct Scholar, Cascade Policy Institute, Portland, Oregon, USA, 1999.

Founder, Chairman and manager of academic publishing company The Harvester Press, Wheatsheaf Books and associated companies, 1968-1988. Won The Queen’s Award for Export Achievement, 1968.

Public appointments have included:

Chairman, Brighton Health Authority, 1991-92, succeeded by Brighton Health Care NHS Trust,1992-94.

Member, Prime Minister’s Citizen’s Charter Advisory Panel, 1994.

Chairman, South East Thames NHS Regional Training Centre, 1992-94.

Chairman, The Patient’s Association, 1995-97.

Board member, National Care Standards Commission [regulating elderly care], 2000-2003.

Board member,The Trident Trust [placing young people in work-experience], 1992-99, Vice-Chairman 1993-4, Chairman 1994-97.

Health-care advisor variously to the Social Market Foundation, The Centre for Policy Studies, The Institute of Economic Affairs and as member of advisory council of Reform.

Selected Publications:

The Rediscovery of George Gissing [with Pierre Coustillas], London, National Book League, 1971.

The Invisible Hospital and the Secret Garden. An Insider’s Account of the NHS Reforms (Oxford, Radcliffe Medical Press, 1995).

Who Own’s Our Bodies? Making Moral Choices in Health Care (Oxford, Radcliffe Medical Press, 1997).

The Realities of Rationing: Priority Setting in the NHS (London, Institute of Economic Affairs, 1999).

Patients, Power and Responsibility: The First Principles of Consumer-Driven Reform (Oxford, Radcliffe Publishing, 2003).

Who Decides Who Decides? Enabling Choice, Equity, Access, Improved Performance and Patient Guaranteed Care (Oxford, Radcliffe Publishing, 2008).

Serious About Series: American Cheap Libraries etc (London, Institute of English Studies, University of London, 2007).

Gissing and the City. Cultural Crisis and the Making of Books in Late Victorian England  [editor] (Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2006)

The Culture of the Publisher’s Series, 2 vols [editor] (Basingstoke, Palgrave, 2011).

In progress: By Book or By Crook. The Secret History of a Victorian Publisher.


Sense and Sensibility in Health Care [co-author] (London, British Medical Journal Publishing, 1996).

Dilemmas in Modern Health Care [editor] (London, Social Market Foundation/Profile Books, 1997).


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