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Andy Cowper


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Andy Cowper is the editor of Health Policy Insight (, an online healthcare policy analysis, comment, debate, features, interviews and news review service launched in June 2008.

He is also a freelance journalist and editor, specialising in NHS management issues. He is the author of the Wellards NHS Guide 2009-10 and 2010-11.

He launched and edited Commissioning Health (, in association with BUPA Commissioning and NHS Alliance. This featured contributions from Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt; DH commissioning director Mark Britnell; SHA CEs Mike Farrar and Ian Carruthers; NHS Alliance CE Michael Sobanja; policy experts Richard Lewis and Jennifer Dixon; health economists Alan Maynard and Nick Bosanquet.

Andy edited the UK’s leading monthly, British Journal of Healthcare Management, from 2000 to 2008. He successfully predicted the resignation of NHS chief executive Sir Nigel Crisp on the front cover and in the editorial of the March 2006 edition. Andy also published the deputy CMO Professor Aidan Halligan’s pronouncement that “any suggestion of real reform has been a deceit: working practices, patterns and customs are at the heart of many capacity issues, and have never been challenged”. He also edited Health Director from 2003-4 and Continence UK in 2009.

His journalism regularly appears in Health Service Journal, The Guardian Public, and Health Management, and he was the ‘NHS Watch’ columnist of Pharma Times 2006-9.

Andy also works as a conference reporter, report author and editor; and has presented on policy and communication issues to NHS conferences and training events.

He has also appeared on various media outlets as an NHS pundit, without provoking undue laughter from colleagues.