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45. Professor Iona Heath

Legendary GP leader

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Professor Iona Heath may have retired from her inner-city practice in 2010, but the ex-RCGP president has certainly not shied away from controversial issues.

In the past year she has chaired a panel looking into two BMJ papers on statins after experts called for retractions of claims over side-effect data.

Described by colleagues as a ‘wonderful speaker with a vast intellect’, she also signed an open letter to the GMC urging the regulator to keep a register on doctors’ conflicts of interest.

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