GCU participates in panel during Edinburgh International Science Festival

28 March 2017

Professor Rachel Baker, Director of Glasgow Caledonian University’s Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health will participate in a panel session on health economics, organised by the British Pharmacological Society as part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Taking place on Monday, April 3, the public event A healthy philosophy: we need to talk about how we value our medicines will explore which medicines the UK wants to fund and why, and discuss how wider society might be able to really have its say on the country‘s drugs funding arrangements.

Medicines cost the NHS nearly £17 billion in 2015/2016 – the second biggest NHS expenditure after staff salaries.

The event will encourage the public to have their say on some of the big questions facing the NHS, with panellists including broadcaster Vivienne Parry OBE, Professor Rachel Baker, Director of Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health and Professor of Health Economics, Glasgow Caledonian University, Professor Ken Paterson, member of the British Pharmacological Society and former chair of the Scottish Medicines Consortium, and Professor David Webb, President of the British Pharmacological Society and Christison Professor of Therapeutics and Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Edinburgh.

Professor Webb said: “Decisions about the cost and affordability of medicines determine the quality of life and life expectancy of millions of patients every day. I believe strongly that patients should be involved in decisions about their care, including decisions about how NHS funding is allocated to different medicines. The British Pharmacological Society is committed to bringing this issue to the fore by engaging the public on the important issue of how we value our medicines.”

Professor Baker added: “It is going to be fascinating to see what convinces our audience to fund or reject different medicines. I’m also intrigued to join members of the public on a journey across the different health economic decisions that the NHS is facing at the moment.”

Tickets must be booked online: https://www.sciencefestival.co.uk/event-details/a-healthy-philosophy-we-need-to-talk-about-how-we-value-our-medicines