Novel coronavirus (129) UK Government, openness and public trust

15 March, 2020

HIFA member Richard Horton (Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet) has tweeted a letter by him and colleagues to the UK newwspaper The Times. The tweet includes a photograph of the letter in print:

https://twitter.com/richardhorton1/status/1238817240839004160

Ironically, the online version of the letter cannnot be read unless one pays £15 to The Times.

The letter is 'calling on the UK government to share the evidence, data, and models on which it is basing its policies. Without complete openness the public’s trust will be lost'.

As we have seen time and time again (most recently with Ebola) trust is so, so fundamental in dealing with public health emergencies.

Best wishes, Neil

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HIFA profile: Neil Pakenham-Walsh is coordinator of the HIFA global health campaign (Healthcare Information For All - www.hifa.org ), a global community with more than 19,000 members in 177 countries, interacting on six global forums in four languages. Twitter: @hifa_org FB: facebook.com/HIFAdotORG neil@hifa.org