Canadian academics call for asbestos report to be published

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 05 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1269
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. 1Quebec

The chairman and another member of a panel of seven international experts engaged by Canada’s federal health department to examine risks of cancer associated with asbestos have complained to the health minister, Tony Clement, about delays in publicly releasing the panel’s report.

They say that the delay is occurring at a time when “erroneous allegations” have been made about the report by those who have seen it “to suit their political objectives,” a reference to a statement in the House of Commons by Andre Bellavance, MP for Richmond-Arthabaska, Bloc Quebecois. The report looks at risks from a form of asbestos that Canada promotes worldwide.

Trevor Ogden, the panel’s chairman, and his colleague Leslie Stayner, director …

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