Wendell Potter, author of "Deadly Spin," a criticism of PR practices in the healthcare industry, will speak in New York at 6 p.m., Monday Jan, 10.

His appearance, an addition to his previously announced schedule, is being sponsored by Physicians for a National Health Plan, a group of 14,000 physicians backing single-payer health insurance.
It will take place at the Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies, 25 W. 43rd St.

Members of the PNHP also include 4,000 medical students and health professionals.

The Murphy Institute is sponsored by New York City labor unions and the City University of New York.

It provides educational services to union members and is an “academic resource on issues of concern to the labor movement.”
Offices are across the street from h.q. of the Arthur W. Page Society and the Council of PR Firms, which share space on the 23rd floor of 317 Madison ave. at 42nd St.

E-mails about the appearance of Potter have been sent to William Murray, president of PR Society of America; Arthur Yann, VP-PR of the Society; Julia Hood, president of Page, and Kathy Cripps, president of CPRF.

They have been asked whether they or representatives of their groups plan to meet with Potter when he speaks at the Murphy Institute.

Thus far the only response has been an automatic e-mail from Murray that said he is “out of the office for the Holidays” and that he is checking his e-mails and will get back to anyone “on critical issues.”

Society h.q. were completely closed for 11 days last year from before Christmas until after New Year’s. Neither phone calls nor e-mails were accepted.

Potter on Tour of 20+ Cities

Potter, who worked at Cigna for 20 years, is on a tour of more than 20 cities to promote sale of his book.

Cities included Washington, D.C., on Nov, 9; Philadelphia, Nov. 15; Seattle, Dec. 8; San Francisco, Dec. 9; San Diego, Dec. 13, and Pasadena, Dec. 14.

Appearances in 2011 include Atlanta on Jan. 4, Austin, Jan. 7; Raleigh, Jan. 11; Memphis, Jan. 13; Chicago, Jan. 18; Minneapolis, Jan. 19; Denver, Jan. 20, and Salt Lake City, Jan. 21.