Paul Dacre, editor, Daily Mail

In a poll to find the most influential people in the history of the NHS, HSJ readers suggested the Daily Maileditor should be among them.

“This man has done more than anyone to derail attempts to improve the health service over the last decade, especially in how it meets the needs of the poor and disadvantaged,” was the scathing opinion of one reader.

Like it or not, Mr Dacre is one of the nation’s most influential newspaper editors and “What will the Daily Mail make of it?” is a question asked behind closed doors by politicians and policy makers alike.