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Civil service chief has waived pay from drinks industry, but doctors still object to links

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6583 (Published 31 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6583
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

UK medical experts have voiced fears for the integrity of public health policy after the appointment of John Manzoni as new chief executive of the civil service, despite his connections to the brewing group SABMiller, which has opposed public health measures such as a minimum price for a unit of alcohol.

The Cabinet Office, which has been criticised over Manzoni’s role as non-executive director of the brewers, announced on Thursday 30 October that he would be waiving his £100 000 (€130 000; $160 000) salary for the job and that his work for the company would end in the summer of 2015.

But Katherine Brown, director of the Institute of Alcohol Studies, said his work there should stop immediately and that his position remained “at odds with public health goals whether it is paid or …

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