John Lister has been a journalist since 1975, and specialised in health policy issues for the past 31 years as Information Director of pressure group London Health Emergency, specialising in the evidence-based critique of controversial policies such as privatisation, austerity cutbacks and introduction of competitive market reforms to the British National Health Service.
John achieved a PhD in health policy in 2004, and has authored books on global health policy and England’s NHS. He’s been an associate senior lecturer in Health Policy, Journalism and Health Journalism at Coventry University since 2004, and played a leading role in the 7-country EU-funded HeaRT (Health Reporter Training) project from 2010-2012. A member of the Medical Journalists Association, and Association of Health Care Journalists, John edited and contributed extensively to the first e-book on health journalism “First do No Harm” and has organised two successful international conferences on health journalism in Coventry University. He has also worked with the National Union of Journalists to organize educational discussions on reporting the NHS.
John has worked on projects on mental health, long term care of older people, the Private Finance Initiative (Public Private Partnerships or P3s) and most recently on London’s health services.