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Chris is a principal research fellow in the work and welfare state team, and heads IPPR's flagship Commission on Health and Prosperity.

Chris is interested in progressive solutions to the challenges faced by our health and care system. He regularly comments on health policy in the media, and has by-lines in The IndependentHealth Service Journal, the Times and Tribune, amongst others - his articles can be found here. He has also appeared on range of broadcast, including primetime shows on the BBC, Times TV, 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 a Masters in International Policy from UCL. Outside of IPPR, Chris writes widely on public health and its interaction with the economy. He is author of the Five Health Frontiers (Pluto Press, 2021), has advised and written for the World Economic Forum, and has published in a range of peer reviewed journals.

He has expertise in:

  • healthcare funding, workforce and reform
  • health inequality and public health
  • the impact of Covid-19
  • the interaction of health and economy.

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.