Liberal Democrat health policy researcher and analyst Andrew Tucker
has left the party to join GJW, where he is creating a new policy unit
within the agency’s health practice.
As the agency’s first policy development head, Tucker reports to finance
director Nigel Clarke and will work closely with GJW director David
Taylor, researching health policy developments and producing
This includes examining best practice issues in the health sector, such
as the public interest in prescribing certain drugs on the NHS and the
best way for pharmaceutical companies to use their money.
Tucker expects to recruit further staff as the policy unit expands.
Clients on the new unit’s books include Pharmacia and Upjohn.
Clarke said: ’Companies, patient groups, charities and the NHS will
increasingly need to look at public interest and how it fits into the
way they do their business and how they communicate.’
Tucker spent the past two years with the LibDems, working closely with
health spokesman Simon Hughes, as well as other MPs. He was previously a
freelance writer for the Fabian Society and worked for non-aligned
think-tank the Constitution Unit.