Humanists UK presents Adam Kay with the Voltaire Lecture medal

17 May, 2023

Humanists UK was delighted to host one of its newest patrons, Adam Kay, for a fascinating account of life before, during, and after medicine, hosted by its President, Dr Adam Rutherford, and attended by 700.

Beginning with a touching musical tribute to the NHS from the London Humanist Choir, Adam and Adam proceeded to discuss the challenges facing patients and the NHS as a service, and the unique struggles faced by frontline healthcare workers, particularly from mental health issues and little-talked-about issues like high suicide rates among doctors and nurses, as covered in Adam Kay’s television adaptation of This is Going to Hurt.

After an emotionally rousing discussion, including questions from the audience, Dr Adam Rutherford presented Adam Kay with the (surprise) 2020 Voltaire Lecture Medal – the original talk that Adam Kay intended to give for Humanists UK prior to the pandemic. This was given in recognition of his work to champion the NHS and the wellbeing of frontline healthcare workers.


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