Obituary: Roger Toulmin

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ANN DALLY's excellent obituary (14 August) refers to Roger Toulmin's clarity of vision about Britain's system of social security and the failure of acceptance of his ideas. Nevertheless his influence in health affairs was strong, writes Sir Anthony Alment.

I first met Roger Toulmin in his Department of Health role guiding the mixed professional committee of doctors, nurses and midwives under the chairmanship of Dame Alison Munro which published reports on 'Maternity Care in Action' between 1982 and 1985. Round that table it was clear that Roger's intellect stood far above the rest of us. It was sobering for all of us that he, a bachelor, should put such exemplary energy behind an enterprise directed towards improvements in childbirth. The NHS can command the loyalty and service of brilliant people dedicated to the best whose names seldom emerge. Roger Toulmin was a fine example.