I first heard of Sir Harry Burns when he was interviewed talking about health and inequality as part of the U.Lab course I mentioned in a previous blog.
He was Chief Medical Officer of Scotland for many years and is now Professor of Global Heath Promotion at the University of Strathclyde.
When he retired from his post as Chief Medical Officer this article about him appeared in The Guardian ‘We need compassion, not judgments about poor people’
There are a lot of sound ideas in Harry’s TED talk and it’s very refreshing to hear such a senior doctor talk about these issues. He ends with a quote from a Los Angeles priest which sums it all up..
What we need in this world is a compassion that is in awe at the burdens the poor have to carry, rather than stand in judgment at the way they carry them.