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End of term report for Alan Milburn

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 04 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:290
  1. Michael Clarke (, professor of epidemiology
  1. University of Leicester

    (following his government's response to the House of Commons Select Committee on Health's second report on public health; see p 249)

    Dear parent/guardian,

    I have become rather worried about Alan's performance in the last few months. In particular much of his written work has left a great deal to be desired. I am also sorry to say that Alan and some of the bigger boys have been picking on the public health team, who, as you know, are a small group and not as tough as many of the other children.

    Did foot and mouth disease leave Alan confused, so all he could think about was culling?

    Most disappointing of all was his recent essay on improving the public health, for which he was given a borderline fail grade. Although he had a brave attempt at addressing the problem, his ideas were poorly developed and he showed little evidence of reading around the subject.

    Firstly, he implied in the essay that public health improvements were all to do with …

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