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Role of UK chief medical officer has been eroded

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 14 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1340
  1. John Warden, parliamentary correspondent
  1. BMJ

    An inside view on how the post of chief medical officer for England has been diminished in recent years has come from a former incumbent, Sir Donald Acheson, chief medical officer from 1983 to 1991. He stated last week–while presenting evidence to the official inquiry into bovine spongiform encephalopathy–that his successors have been penalised and their independence compromised by staff cuts and restructuring in the …

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