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Research bureaucracy in the United Kingdom: Ethics committees have important roles in research

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7466.623 (Published 09 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:623
  1. David A Walsh, senior lecturer in rheumatology (david.walsh@nottingham.ac.uk),
  2. Michael Hewitt, evaluation, audit and research manager
  1. King's Mill Hospital, Mansfield Road, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire NG17 4JL
  2. Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust, King's Mill Hospital

    EDITOR—Jamrozik discusses the lost plot of research ethics paperwork in the issue of 31 July highlighting that ethics committees are out of control and discouraging research.1 NHS research ethics committees comprise volunteers who give up their time freely to mediate society's desire to protect potential research participants.

    If anything can be learnt from recent high profile cases, such as …

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