Dr. Ann McPherson CBE (1945–2011)

We are deeply saddened to announce the death of our co-founder and Medical Director, Dr. Ann McPherson, on 28th May 2011. Ann was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2007.

Ann was a tireless campaigner for the rights of patients. Through her work with the Health Experiences Research Group, University of Oxford, and the DIPEx charity, Ann was the driving force behind the charity’s websites – Healthtalkonline and Youthhealthtalk – which publish people’s personal experiences of over 60 illnesses and health conditions. Ann brought unique insight into the issues affecting people’s health, following 30 years’ experience as an Oxford GP.

In addition to her work on personal health experiences, Ann has campaigned for changes in the law relating to assisted dying (a term Ann very much preferred over assisted suicide).

Ann will be greatly missed by her family, all her colleagues and by the vast number of friends and fellow campaigners that she worked with all her life.

Ann’s family issued the following statement:
“Above all, she was a truly wonderful wife, mum and granny. Her ability apparently so effortlessly to combine her professional life with her family life should provide inspiration to working women everywhere. Many of her happiest times were spent relaxing with her family in the south of France or North Oxford and she was never short of fun ideas and activities for her beloved grandchildren. Her death leaves a huge gap in many lives and her husband, three children and five grandchildren (with one on the way) can only hope in some way to do justice to her formidable spirit.”