Manchester Medical Society

Events & Meetings

Become a member

John F Wilkinson Memorial Lecture – Modern slavery and child labour: worker rights abuse in healthcare supply chains

  • Date: Wednesday 5th May 2021 from 7.00-8.00 pm
  • Venue: Zoom meeting
  • Members £0.00
  • Non Members £

This meeting is being subsidised by the Manchester Medical Society and is FREE for all to attend. You will be able to submit questions to the speaker during the event using the Q&A function on Zoom. The webinar will be recorded.

Register in advance for this webinar at: 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  To create a free zoom account, visit

7.00-8.00 pm

‘Modern slavery and child labour: worker rights abuse in healthcare supply chains’
Professor Mahmood Bhutta, Consultant in ENT Surgery, Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals and Honorary Clinical Professor, Brighton & Sussex Medical School


Professor Mahmood Bhutta has been raising concerns about labour rights abuses in NHS supply chains for the last fifteen years, including in the production of surgical instruments made using child labour, gloves made by immigrants workers in debt bondage in Malaysia, and more recently, state forced labour in the manufacture of masks and gowns made in China.  He has worked with organisations in the IUK and abroad to advocate for change and better working conditions.

Learning points:

  1. Gain insight into the concerns that have been raised regarding abusive working conditions in healthcare supply chains
  2. Understand potential strategies to mitigate such practices, their strengths and limitations
  3. Appreciate the potential role that workers in health care can play in this agenda