Science minister promises to promote evidence based policy making

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 10 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3125
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

    The independence of scientific advice given to the government will be respected under new guidance to try and re-establish trust in the scientific community.

    The move, announced by minister for universities and science David Willetts, is designed to repair the damage caused last year when the former home secretary Alan Johnson sacked chief drugs adviser David Nutt after he criticised government policy (BMJ 2009;339:b4563 doi:10.1136/bmj.b4563).

    Mr Willetts, giving an interview to the Times newspaper (9 June), said it was crucial that all ministers respect independent scientific advice.

    The previous science minister, Lord Drayson, issued principles on how scientific advisers should offer advice to government in March and these have been added to the code of practice for ministers since the new coalition government …

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