Lord Owen is a doctor by training and was neurology and psychiatric registrar at St Thomas’s Hospital, London, before becoming a Research Fellow. He then entered politics and in Labour Governments served as Navy Minister, Health Minister and Foreign Secretary. He co-founded the Social Democratic Party and was its leader from 1983-1990. From 1992-1995 he served as EU peace negotiator in the former Yugoslavia. He now sits as an independent social democrat in the House of Lords. He strongly opposed the Government’s Health and Social Care Act 2012 believing it to be ‘fatally flawed’. His book The Health of the Nation. NHS in Peril was published in 2014.
Lord Owen has long been interested in the inter-relationship between politics and medicine and has written extensively on the subject including In Sickness and In Power: Illness in Heads of Government since 1900 (2008 and revised edition, 2016), and The Hubris Syndrome: Bush, Blair and the Intoxication of Power (revised edition, 2012). He is Chairman of the Daedalus Trust charity, which promotes multidisciplinary research into personality changes associated with the exercise of power in all walks of life.
Other publications include his autobiography, Time to Declare (1991); Time to Declare: Second Innings (abridged and updated, 2009) Balkan Odyssey (1995); The Hidden Perspective. The Military Conversations of 1906-1914 (Haus, 2014), Europe Restructured. The Eurozone Crisis and the UK Referendum (Methuen ebook, 2015) and the UK’s In-Out Referendum: EU Foreign and Defence Policy Reform (Haus Curiosities, 2015)