The Globalisation of Healthcare

10th May 2016

The world is on the brink of a new age of 21st-century medicine. Technology is transforming healthcare across the globe. And the UK is leading the way.

That’s why it was a great honour to be invited back this week to deliver a keynote speech at the Health Datapalooza conference in Washington alongside Vice-President Biden, as well as briefing the White House health team and Congressional leaders on UK reforms to Genomics and a Digital NHS.

The UK Life Science sector continues to go from strength to strength. New data published this week shows that, since we launched the Strategy for UK Life Sciences in 2011, we have attracted more than £6 billion in new investment and created up to 17,000 new jobs.

With our landmark 100,000 genomes project, creating the world’s first at scale 'Reference Library' of genomic medicine, a further £1 billion a year investment in the National Institute for Health Research to fund our NHS clinical infrastructure, and the upcoming launch of the Accelerated Access Review, we are putting the UK at the forefront of the development, testing, adoption and reimbursement of novel healthcare technologies

The facts and figures, however, point to something even more profound: a change in healthcare from a 20th-century model in which healthcare was something done to patients to a 21st-century model in which we empower active healthcare citizens to take more control of their health and life choices and chances. 

JFK talked about the ‘New Frontier’. Make no mistake: this agenda is our own ‘New Frontier’. And I am determined to make sure that the UK continues to be a pioneer of global health innovation.


  • My blog on the Huffington Post: Click here
  • The latest data from the Office of Life Sciences on the size, scale and geographical breadth of the UK life science sector: Click here
  • Letter from c100 leaders from across the UK's £60bn / 200,000 job Life Science sector warning of the risks of Brexit and making very clear that they believe it is vital that the UK remain inside the EU single market: Click here

My Commitment to Mental Health

In recent days some people have sought to question my commitment to Mental Health. Having spent most of my adult life working on and campaigning for better healthcare and treatment for all patients, I am deeply saddened that two words from a wide-ranging interview have been taken wholly out of context and misrepresented to suggest I believe something which I manifestly do not.


29th September 2016 Theresa May's big thinker - an interview with George Freeman. by George Eaton | New Statesman

5th July 2016 It’s all about economic confidence and leadership now, so I'm backing Theresa May to be Prime Minister. by George Freeman | The Telegraph

22nd June 2016 Jo Cox was the flag carrier of a new generation of MPs. by George Freeman | The Times

Times Higher Education

7th March 2016 Ban academics talking to ministers? We should train them to do it. by Ben Goldacre| Times Higher Education

The House interview: George Freeman MP

11th March 2016 George is interviewed by Liz Bates of The House magazine. | Read more