Staff cuts would leave CMO stranded in a crisisBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7153.232 (Published 25 July 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:232
- Hilary Bower Bower
Dramatic cuts in staff reporting to the chief medical officer (CMO) for England over the past decade have undermined the role to such an extent that effective action in a health crisis--such as occurred over bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)--would now be almost impossible, a senior health administrator said last week. The warning came just before the announcement that Professor Liam Donaldson is to be the next CMO for England (see p 233).
Presenting evidence to the BSE inquiry, Dr Hilary Pickles, who was lead principal medical officer on BSE from 1988 to 1990, said that the past 10 years had seen senior and middle ranking medical staff dramatically reduced, promotion prospects for senior staff disappear, …