Iona Heath

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Iona Caroline Heath CBE FRCGP is an English medical doctor and writer who was president of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) from 2009–2012.

Dr Iona Heath


Heath graduated from Cambridge University in 1974.[1] She worked as a GP in Kentish Town in London from 1975 to 2010.[2][3]

She was first elected a member of RCGP's council in 1989.[1] In June 2009 she was elected President of the RCGP.[4] She was on the WONCA World council of general practice. She developed a second career by becoming a speaker at national and international events and acting as adviser to practising doctors.

In 2014 she chaired a panel looking into the side-effects of statins.[5][6]


She was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2000 New Year Honours for services to the Care of Elderly People.[7]


  • Matters of Life and Death: Key Writings, Routledge, 2007 ISBN 978-1846190964
  • The mystery of general practice , Nuffield Trust, 1995 ISBN 0900574933


  1. ^ a b "The Mystery of General Practice" (PDF). The Nuffield Trust. Archived from the original (PDF) on 18 August 2016. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  2. ^ Philip, Keir (15 June 2011). "Seeing people in their own clothes". Careers. BMJ. 342: d3338. doi:10.1136/sbmj.d3338.
  3. ^ Heath, I. (4 February 2014). "Iona Heath: Not keen on posh boys". BMJ. 348: g1286. doi:10.1136/bmj.g1286. PMID 24495956.
  4. ^ Iacobucci, Gareth (2 June 2009). "Veteran GP campaigner wins RCGP presidency battle". Pulse. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  5. ^ "2014 Power 50: 46". Pulse. 24 September 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2016.
  6. ^ Gallagher, James (2 August 2014). "BMJ 'right' in statins claims row". BBC News.
  7. ^ "DBE, KBE, CBE civil". BBC News. 31 December 1999.