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Comment from Sense About Science on the sacking of Professor David Nutt

30 October 2009

Sense About Science's response to the sacking of Professor David Nutt

“The sacking of Professor David Nutt from the Advisory Council for Misuse of Drugs will hit the Government’s access to independent advice very hard. It will discourage scientists, many of whom are already expressing cynicism about the use of evidence in policy, and silence exactly the kind of critical scrutiny that good policy depends upon (1). The Phillips Report into the BSE crisis made the fundamental point that much of the scientific advice to government at that time was characterised by acquiescence and an unwillingness to stand up to political pressure. We risk heading straight back to that situation.”

Tracey Brown
Managing Director
Sense About Science

Notes:
(1) Tracey Brown, Oral Evidence, House of Commons Innovation, Universities and Skills Committee, Eighth Report of Session 2008-09
(2) Sense About Science is a UK registered charity to promote good science and evidence for the public. We work with over 4,000 scientists and hundreds of civic and community groups.


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