UK government is likely to give more prominence to scientific advice before emergencies occur

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 17 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3799
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The government is reviewing its system so that scientific advice plays more of a part in the planning process before emergency situations arise, such as the flu pandemic of 2009.

In a supplementary response to the parliamentary science and technology select committee report on scientific advice and evidence in emergencies published in March, the government says a review is underway.

MPs on the science and technology committee said in their earlier report that, although science was used effectively to aid the response to emergencies, they were concerned the government’s attitude to scientific advice was that it was “something to reach for once an emergency happens” rather than a key factor for consideration from the start of the …

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