Demonstrating junior doctors ask Jeremy Hunt to stop misusing statistics

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 22 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i417
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ
Credit: Sophie Bergbern

A group of junior doctors and senior academics has delivered a letter of protest to the Department of Health for England to demand that the government stop using statistics that mislead the public over the so called “weekend effect” in hospitals.

The group also delivered a giant cover of Trisha Greenhalgh’s acclaimed textbook on medical statistics, How to Read a Paper, before demonstrating outside parliament on Thursday 21 January. Greenhalgh herself sent the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, a copy of the book in October 2015.

The campaigners said that they had organised the protest as they were angry …

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