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The Progressive Policy Think Tank


Chris is a Senior Research Fellow in the Work and Welfare State team and he leads IPPR's work on health and care.

Chris' research focuses on progressive solutions to the challenges faced by our health and care system. Chris regularly comments on health policy in the media, and has by-lines in The Independent, Health Service Journal and Tribune, amongst others - his articles can be found here. He has also appeared on range of broadcast, including primetime shows on LBC and TalkRadio. Chris is also an editor of IPPR's journal of politics and ideas: Progressive Review

Prior to joining IPPR, Chris led Macmillan Cancer Support's inequality policy team, and prevention research at Cancer Research UK. He has authored a number of peer review publications and holds a MSc in International Policy from University College London.

He has expertise in:

  • Public health and disease prevention
  • Healthcare funding, workforce and reform
  • Health inequality
  • The impact of Covid-19

NHS pay | BBC News

Chris Thomas speaks to Joanna Gosling on BBC News about the announced 3 per cent pay rise for NHS workers. Chris explains that this would still amount to a real terms pay cut after a decade of austerity. To truly build back better in health or care, the government must go for a more generous pay rise.

Recent work