Study shows need for better communication between government and doctors

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7065.1146a (Published 02 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1146
  1. Christopher Simpson,
  2. Stephen Dealler,
  3. Will Patterson
  1. Consultant psychiatrist Friarage Hospital, Northallerton DL6 1JG
  2. Consultant microbiologist Burnley General Hospital, Burnley BB10 2PQ
  3. Consultant in communicable disease control North Yorkshire Health Authority, York YO3 4XF

    EDITOR,—In contrast to the heated scientific debate on bovine spongiform encephalopathy and the public health, which has raged for many years in other European countries, in Britain advice on possible health risks and the safety of beef and beef products has come largely from central government. This has prompted organisations such as the Consumers' Association to complain that the issuing of selected information on bovine spongiform encephalopathy, aimed at reassuring the public, prohibits informed decision taking and debate on food safety. For example, the …

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