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Results of inquiry into allegations of research fraud remain secret

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 04 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:519
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

    The Department of Health has still not announced the outcome of an investigation into claims that one of its leading medical experts may have produced fraudulent research more than 20 years ago.

    The chief medical officer's silence on the matter comes despite his having received an investigative report into the matter six months ago.

    Now an expert on research fraud says that the department has a duty to make the investigation's findings available.

    The man at the centre of the allegations, Dr David Jefferys, is a former director of the Medicines Control Agency and, latterly, chief executive of the former Medical Devices Agency. Both organisations merged in April to become the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. Dr Jefferys is currently head of the devices sector at the new agency.

    He is also visiting professor of medicine at the University of Newcastle and was the UK representative on the European Union Committee on Proprietary Medical Products between 1995 and 2000.

    Dr Peter Wilmshurst, a consultant cardiologist at the Royal …

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