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Most government departments do not keep track of research they commission, inquiry finds

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i3127 (Published 02 June 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i3127
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. London

A judge led inquiry has called for tougher rules to stop political manipulation of government commissioned research.

The inquiry found that research evidence on food banks, immigration, choice of GP, and drugs policy were among cases where results were “held back when the findings were politically awkward.”

Former Lord Justice of Appeal, Stephen Sedley, investigated the delayed publication of government commissioned research for a report published on 2 June.1

He said that conflict with current or impending policy initiatives was “not an acceptable reason” for ministers to delay or withhold publication of external research.

Sedley is a trustee of Sense …

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