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Nuffield Department of Population Health Host Fake News Event

Discussion in 'Other health news and research' started by spangle, Feb 3, 2020.

  1. spangle

    spangle New Member

    Sir Simon Stevens, Chief Executive of NHS England, Damian Collins MP, and Sarah Montague, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s World at One for a discussion about the impact of fake news on our lives.
    Link to audio:
    The relevant bit for us:
    Interestingly the ethics of research came up and three people asked questions about the 'fake news' coming from the medical profession. And as we know Sarah Montague was until recently a presenter on the Today program, very much in with Simon Wessely's view of everything medical. It is over an hour long, but some relevant bits are at 44.23min a woman points out Andrew Wakefield's research was published in the Lancet and other examples of the 'establishment ' getting it wrong, at 49.27min an academic basically explains how research is valued and the truth is of little concern and very hard to break through (he speaks well on this ) and at 56.00 min a woman again points out flawed research, Statins, and other things. Sir Simon (another one!) Stevens ducks all the criticism, but it's all relevant to what we are battling. Hope you find it interesting!
  2. MEMarge

    MEMarge Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    Thanks for this @spangle and welcome to the Forum.

    Interesting at about 46 mins that the speaker comments that the Andrew Wakefield paper was withdrawn due to fraud in the research, rather than just scientific uncertainty.

    I agree that the academic at 49 mins speaks very well re the publication problems in academia
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