John Henry Marks

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John Henry Marks (known as John Marks)(born 30 May 1925, London), was the Chairman of the British Medical Association from 1984 to 1990.[1] His six-year term is unique - at the time he was leading the Association and the profession in a campaign against Kenneth Clarke's "reforms" of the NHS based on an untried concept of an "Internal market". He played a major role in defending the attacks by "pro-lifers" on the 1966 Abortion Act like Mrs. Gillick and the MP's David Alton and Sir Russell Brain. In 1970 he successfully lead the campaign against the BMA Council's decision to recommend an annual registration fee to the GMC without prior reform of its constitution. He also played a major role in campaigns in favour of restricting smaking, the wearing of seat belts, and respecting the confidentiality of sufferers from AIDS.

He was educated at Tottenham County School and Edinburgh University, qualifying on 5 July 1948, the day that the NHS started. Following hospital posts and service in the RAMC he resided in Elstree,[2] and worked as a General Practitioner in Borehamwood, 1954-90.

He is an MD, a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners and a DObst RCOG of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. His autobiography, The NHS: Beginning, Middle and End? was published in May 2008.


  1. ^ Freedland, Michael (23 October 1999). "The Few". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 October 2015. 
  2. ^ John Marks, The NHS: Beginning, Middle and End?: The Autobiography of Dr John Marks, Radcliffe Publishing, 2008, ISBN 1-84619-272-2, ISBN 978-1-84619-272-2, 279 pages (page 40)
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