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Use of Freedom of Information Act to produce research on the cheap?

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 27 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d6129
  1. Aodhán S Breathnach, consultant microbiologist1,
  2. Peter A Riley, consultant microbiologist1,
  3. Timothy D Planche, senior lecturer and honorary consultant microbiologist2
  1. 1St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, London SW17 0QT, UK
  2. 2St George’s, University of London SW17 0RE, UK
  1. aodhan.breathnach{at}

Christie recently reported that a tobacco company was using the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to compel Stirling University to give it access to detailed research results, despite the researchers’ objections.1 We have encountered a variation on this theme—namely, researchers using the act to compel hospitals to provide data to further their research. In recent years …

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