Professor Elphick on the sacking of a government drug adviser
2 November 2009
Professor Maurice Elphick from the SBCS has been interviewed by Sky News, Channel 4 News and BBC Radio 5 Live about the sacking of Professor David Nutt from his government drugs advisory role. He said: “If politicians really do want to have an objective assessment of the relative risks to health of different recreational drugs, then they should listen to what the medical scientist has to say, not sack him.”
Britain’s science community is dismayed by health secretary Alan Johnson’s actions, after Professor Nutt criticised Gordon Brown for ignoring his advice on recreational drugs. The sacking has highlighted the tension between scientists and politicians trying to woo voters. This story is reported in Financial Times online.