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Rapid Response:

Re: Has Cochrane lost its way?

There must be procedures for removing elected individuals from office if they have committed serious misconduct but the process must be fair. My concerns about the removal of Peter Gotzsche from the Board of Cochrane are that the procedure was not fair and the conduct of Gotzsche did not constitute serious misconduct. It appears that the removal of Gotzsche from Cochrane’s Board was engineered because he had acted in the way that those who voted for him expected he would act. So his expulsion was undemocratic. Misuse of an adjudication procedure is particularly troubling because Cochrane exists to provide impartial assessment of evidence.

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 January 2019
Peter T Wilmshurst
Consultant cardiologist
Peter Wilmshurst
Royal Stoke University Hospital
Vicarage Cottage