Scientific advisers are guaranteed academic freedom after protest

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 25 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1149
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    The UK government is to incorporate guarantees of academic freedom in its forthcoming principles for part time unpaid scientific advisers and will drop a controversial proposal for ministers and advisers to “work together to reach a shared position.”

    The move follows an outcry by more than 90 leading scientists over a set of draft principles floated by the government in December to try to defuse the row over Home Secretary Alan Johnson’s sacking of David Nutt, chairman of the advisory council on the misuse of drugs (BMJ 12 February 2010, doi:10.1136/bmj.c887).

    Professor Nutt was sacked last October for claiming in a lecture given in his academic capacity that cannabis and ecstasy were less dangerous than alcohol. …

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