Medical Research Council attacked by MPs

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 02 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:227
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

    An expert panel of MPs has accused the United Kingdom's leading research funding body, the Medical Research Council, of poor practice in its appointments process and has questioned the tenure of its chairman.

    The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee said in a report published earlier this week that the MRC had appointed its current chairman without adhering to the principles of transparency and accountability necessary for posts funded by public money.

    Sir John Chisholm, who took up his position as chairman in December 2006, told the panel that …

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