Government backs MRC chairman's appointment

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 01 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:907
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

    The government has rejected criticisms made by an expert panel of MPs about the way that the chairman of the United Kingdom's leading research funding body was appointed.

    In August the science and technology committee accused the Medical Research Council (MRC) of poor practice in its appointments process and questioned the tenure of its chairman (BMJ 2007;335:227 doi: 10.1136/bmj.39293.704317.DB).

    The committee said that the MRC had appointed John Chisholm without adhering to the principles of transparency and accountability necessary for posts funded by public money. Sir John took up his position in December 2006.

    Last week the committee published the government's response to its report, which …

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