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Health ministers subpoenaed in libel case

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7004.529a (Published 26 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:529
  1. OWEN DYER
  1. freelance journalist, BMJ

    Two former health ministers have been subpoenaed to appear in a libel case brought by the former chairwoman of the Cornwall Health Care Trust, Mrs Abigail Kirby-Harris. Dr Brian Mawhinney, formerly minister for health and now chairman of the Conservative party, and Mrs Virginia Bottomley, formerly health secretary and now heritage secretary, will be summoned to explain their reasons for appointing Mrs Kirby-Harris, a former army captain and a Conservative activist, in 1993.

    Mrs Kirby-Harris, 44, held the post for seven months. Her appointment was resisted by all five Cornish members of parliament, Conservative and Liberal, and …

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