Karol Sikora

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Person.png Karol Sikora  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(pharma lobbyist)
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Born17 June 1948
NationalityUK
Member ofReform
InterestsCOVID-19/Lockdown/UK
big pharma lobbyist with connections to the UK COVID lockdown

Dr Karol Sikora is a British physician and advisor to the government in the coronavirus crisis. He was involved in the group of advisers responsible for the UK Covid Lockdown in March 2020,[citation needed] but has since criticized lockdowns and psychological scare campaigns, and has written an Open Letter to try to hinder a new lockdown in September 2020.

Early life

Karol Sikora was born in 1948. His father was a Captain in the Polish Army who arrived in Great Britain during World War II. He was brought up in Edinburgh, Stafford and London. He had a London County Council scholarship to Dulwich College before going to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge where he became a Foundation Scholar and obtained a double first. He received his PhD at Stanford University, where he also served a clinical fellowship.

Career

After leaving Stanford, Dr. Sikora returned to Cambridge to direct the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research. From 1985 to 1997, he served as the clinical director for cancer services at Hammersmith Hospital in London, where he established a cancer research laboratory. In 1997, he accepted a position as the Chief of the Cancer Program of the World Health Organization, which he held for two years. He served as the Vice-President of Global Clinical Research in Oncology at the Pharmacia Corporation from 1999 to 2002. He has also been a member of the UK Health Department's Expert Advisory Group on Cancer, as well as the Committee on the Safety of Medicines.

He is currently Medical Director of Proton Partners International and dean of the University of Buckingham's medical school; the only private medical school in the UK. He is an unpaid member of the Meat Advisory Panel, a meat industry-backed group of researchers, scientists and health care professionals that provide information and impartial advice about the wonders of meat as part of a balanced diet. He is a member of the Oncology Scientific Advisory Board at biopharmaceutical company Cyclacel Limited, and serves as an oncology consultant for AstraZeneca.

Admission of government psy-ops

During a debate the Cambridge Union on April 23,2020, on the UK coronavirus lockdown, Sikora, an advisor on the coronavirus crisis to 10 Downing Street, described the lockdown in the UK as “a very British lockdown, a very gentle lockdown.” and then followed with this admission[1]:

“Very powerful psy-ops came into play. The familiar slogan “stay home, protect the NHS, save lives” is familiar now to all of us. And that was the creation of the behavioral insights team in Number 10 Downing Street. Remarkable psychology behind that. I think the team were even very surprised by how well we behaved.”
Karol Sikora (23 April 2020)  [2]

Criticism of National Health Service

During President Obama's push to enact healthcare reform, in early May 2009 he appeared in a Republican Party attack ad in the United States criticising NICE and the NHS. In the attack ad, Sikora was referred to as professor of oncology at Imperial College. This led Imperial to seek legal advice to stop Sikora from claiming to be a professor of cancer medicine at Imperial; a claim that he was understood to have made repeatedly over the previous five years.[3] On 29 January 2009, Sikora had introduced himself to a Commons health select committee as "...professor of oncology at Imperial College for 22 years"[21]

On BBC in 2017, he described the NHS as "the last bastion of communism".[4]

Release of Libyan convicted of Lockerbie bombing

In September 2009, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the man framed for the Lockerbie bombing was released from a Scottish prison on compassionate grounds. Sikora was one of three different doctors hired by the Libyan government to report to them about Megrahi's condition. Sikora's report concluded that Megrahi had only 3 months to live due to terminal prostate cancer. (Meghari died almost three years later).


 

A Document by Karol Sikora

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:A targeted and evidence-based approach to the COVID-19 policy response (an open letter)article21 September 2020COVID-19/Lockdown/UK
COVID-19/Resistance
An open letter to UK PM Boris Johnson from prominent scientists to hinder a new lockdown and change other failed policies

 

A Quote by Karol Sikora

PageQuoteDate
Behavioural Insights Team“Very powerful psy-ops came into play. The familiar slogan “stay home, protect the NHS, save lives” is familiar now to all of us. And that was the creation of the behavioral insights team in Number 10 Downing Street. Remarkable psychology behind that. I think the team were even very surprised by how well we behaved.”23 April 2020


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