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‘Medical science has taken a turn towards darkness’ notes Dr. Aseem Malhotra
Thursday, July 28, 2016 6:30 am Email this article
“Corporate greed and systematic political failure has brought the NHS [UK’s National Health Service] to its knees,” writes Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist, in a recent article in The Daily Mail.
“Last week, responding to a series of recent scandals - including failure of institutions and universities in the UK to tackle research misconduct - former editor of the BMJ, Richard Smith, wrote: ‘something is rotten in the state of British Medicine and has been for a long time’.
“For the sake of our future health and the sustainability of the NHS it’s time for real collective action against ‘too much medicine’.
“This can start with the public accounts committee launching a full independent inquiry into the efficacy and safety of medicines.
“I believe it is an underlying scandal that may likely to dwarf that of the Mid Staffordshire NHS scandal - where scores of patients died due to poor care, a public enquiry concluded.
“Medical science has taken a turn towards darkness.
“And sunlight will be its only disinfectant.”
Dr. Malhotra is one of six doctors warning about the influence of drug companies on the prescribing of drugs.
Dr. Malhotra launching the campaign
Dr. Malhotra, who is launching the campaign in a personal capacity, is a trustee of the King’s Fund health think tank, a member of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and advisor to the National Obesity Forum the article notes.
The six experts warning about too much medicine does more harm than good
These experts include: 1) Sir Richard Thompson, former-president of the Royal College of Physicians and personal doctor to England’s Queen for 21 years; 2) Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist; 3) Professor John Ashton, president of the Faculty of Public Health in Britain; 4) psychiatrist Dr. JS Bamrah, chairman of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin in Britain; 5) cardiologist Professor Rita Redberg, MD editor of medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine; 6) Professor James McCormack, a pharmaceutical scientist.
Hodgekiss A, and Spencer B. How Big Pharma greed is killing tens of thousands around the world: Patients are over-medicated and often given profitable drugs with ‘little proven benefits,’ leading doctors warn. The Daily Mail, 2016 Feb 23.
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