Tag Archives: BMJ

How a minimum unit price for alcohol was scuppered

Gilmore and Daube have described How a minimum unit price for alcohol was scuppered in the BMJ.   The government buried evidence that it had commissioned because it would have displeased the alcohol industry and its lobbyists.  A country is no more than … Continue reading

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As in accreditation, so in medicine: overly sensitive testing leads to overdiagnosis and overtreatment

Wiener et al. describe the harms that arise from overly sensitive diagnostic testing.  We have seen previously how inspection for compliance with ISO 17025 and 15189 are is an inappropriate screening methodology using a sampling method that is often over-sensitive. … Continue reading

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Winding back the harms of management accreditation?

The BMJ is campaigning against the harms of too much medicine.  Yes, too much medicine can do plenty of harm.  In the ensuing discussion one (slow) rapid response draws parallels with the harm caused by accrediting human behaviour.  We knew … Continue reading

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Is there a cure for corporate crime in the drug industry?

AL Bloomfield advised, “There are some patients that we cannot help; there are none that we cannot harm.” Having the potential to do less good than the pharma industry, perhaps the accreditation cartel has less potential to do harm.  But perhaps … Continue reading

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Withdraw approval for UKAS and CPA accreditation until NICE has full data

What if an editor sent a public letter like this to UKAS’s CPA suggesting they desist from parasitising struggling organisations until they can provide data showing their effectiveness? What if she then proposed UKAS should be responsible for accrediting banks? … Continue reading

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The hidden Tamiflu data

We have previously considered how the ISO inspection cartel fails to step onto the Cochrane ladder of evidence.  It has no data to present on its own efficacy, effectiveness or cost-effectiveness. Roche also has been evasive about revealing clinical data … Continue reading

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Accreditation: a sports drink for quality?

Quality accreditation.  If it’s not an anabolic steroid beefing up quality (so long as the fee is paid), perhaps it might be a sort of sports drink that improves quality just as an athlete’s performance might be temporarily enhanced.  Right? Not … Continue reading

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Mythbusting sports products

The BMJ has a series of articles debunking sports drinks and athletic paraphernalia. So widely advertised.  So widely believed by those that think they need them.  The science behind the marketing claims is of low quality. “This evidence and the finding … Continue reading

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Rule 3-30

UKAS’s obsession and need for expansion obliges it to pursue metrical perfectionism and uncertainty of measurement.  However, in the real world things can be different for clinical decision making.  Prof. Enrique Sanchez-Delgado has written: “After analyzing hundreds of trials, I recognized … Continue reading

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Muir Gray says, “Bye Bye Quality, Hello Value”

The professional pathology organisations that sold Clinical Pathology Accreditation to UKAS did so in the nick of time, albeit without understanding why.   So-called quality is yesterday; now quality will be assumed of professionals and value will take the place of … Continue reading

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