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The HealthWatch annual award is presented to someone who has made significant steps either in medical research or in improving the public’s understanding of health issues by clarifying complicated and often misunderstood medical matters for the general public.

The recipient addresses the Annual General Meeting of HealthWatch.

Since the 1997 award, the text of the lecture is available in our archives – just click on the name of the recipient of the award to read.

2015 Dr Mark Porter: Why evidence matters

2014 Dr Simon Singh: fighting for truth in science

Read Dr Singh's lecture.
Photographs from the 2014 AGM
2014 AGM

Nick Ross

2014 AGM

Nick Ross

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Photographs by Mandy Payne

2013 Dr Fiona Godlee, Editor-in-Chief, BMJ, for outstanding leadership in the pursuit of medical truth

2012 Tim Harford on behalf of the BBC More or Less team for their clear, honest and entertaining way of educating the public about the meaning of numbers

2011 Brian Deer: for contributing to the public’s understanding of health issues

2010 Prof David Colquhoun: for his determined exposure of improbable science

2009 Sir Iain Chalmers: for his critical contribution to EBM

2008 Dr Margaret McCartney: for her promotion of evidence-based medicine in general practice

2007 Prof Raymond Tallis: for his thoughtful promotion of evidence-based medicine

2006 Dr Ben Goldacre: for exposure of bad science

Dr Goldacre's lecture is not available.

2005 Prof Edzard Ernst: for his honest appraisal of CAM

2004 Dr Richard Smith: for championing the independence of Medical Journalism

2003 Dr Peter Wilmshurst: for his courage in challenging misconduct in academic medical research

2002 Professor Michael Baum: for criticising Department of Health information on benefits of breast screening

2001 Claire Rayner: for her dedication to the public’s right to quality healthcare

2000 John Diamond: for his courageous and rational approach to therapies for his own illness

1999 Dr Bernard Dixon: for his skill in presenting scientific arguments comprehensibly to the public

1998 Polly Toynbee: for her critical and informative reporting on healthcare matters

1997 Annabel Ferrriman: for her excellent medical journalism despite the stresses of that profession

1996 Sir Richard Doll: for his outstanding leadership over 50 years in clinical epidemiology

1995 David Sackett: for his pioneering work in support of evidence-based medicine

1994 Petr Skrabanek, awarded posthumously: for his critical analysis of both conventional and complementary therapies

Awarded posthumously.

1993 Geoff Watts: for his excellent understanding and accuracy when reporting issues of healthcare

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