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Letters Covid-19: conscience and duty for scientific advisers

Covid-19: healthcare and politics are inexorably intertwined

BMJ 2020; 369 doi: (Published 25 June 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;369:m2532
  1. Sati Heer-Stavert, general practitioner
  1. Birmingham B13 0SJ, UK
  1. heerstavert{at}

Abbasi discusses transparency and political interference in scientific advice.1 It is time for our profession to accept that healthcare and politics are inexorably intertwined. This is because every healthcare decision involves resources of one kind or another. The term “independent adviser” has lost all meaning in the current era. Everyone either has an agenda or could easily have one manufactured …

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