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Anne Mackie: Optimistic, direct, and pragmatic

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 06 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:h6710


Anne Mackie is director of programmes for the UK National Screening Committee, an independent body hosted by Public Health England but that provides advice to all four UK nations. She has worked in public health for the past 20 years, including spells as director of public health in Kent, southwest London, and the London Strategic Health Authority. She is keen to emphasise that, although screening is not offered unless evidence shows that it will do more good than harm for the target group, it is an individual’s right to choose screening, and that depends on their being given sound, unbiased advice. “Finding stuff isn’t always a good thing,” she told the Times, while …

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