Medicines for the Many: Why we Need a Public Pharma System
Venue TBC
1PM – 2:30PM

Private capture of medicines is making us sick. The companies set up to keep us alive look increasingly like hedge funds, monopolising and profiteering from medicines, even when the most important breakthroughs come from public research. From HIV to Covid-19 and monkeypox, big pharma fails people in the global south, while piling pressure on the NHS and health systems worldwide. But resistance is growing globally, with alternative, collectivist pharmaceutical models emerging from Cuba to South Africa. This panel will ask how we replace a system that privatises public science and puts profits before health.


Guardian columnist, socialist and author of Chavs, The Establishment and This Land: The Struggle for the Left.

Labour MP for Stockport, Socialist Campaign Group Member, and advocate for a more equal approach to global health.

Rhiannon Osborne is a student doctor, researcher and activist. Her work focuses on health inequalities, climate & ecological justice, and community healing.

A&E doctor and Labour NEC Youth Rep. Lara worked in a hospital in Havana, Cuba in 2020, before returning in 2021 to see the rollout of their national vaccine

Kavian (Race & Health, PHM UK) is a physician working on structural violence as a determinant of poor health, and on visioning for healing, abolitionist futures.


We are a democratic social justice organisation working as part of a global movement to challenge the powerful and create a more just and equal world. We mobilise people in the UK for change, and act in solidarity with those fighting injustice, particularly in the global south.

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