The story of Dr. Peter Gøtzsche and scientific integrity continues. This petition below hopes to stave off his dismissal from the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen following his expulsion from Nordic Cochrane. Whatever the alleged reasons for the sacking of Gøtzsche from Rigshospitalitet few can doubt that as with his sacking from the Cochrane Group in September when four other directors resigned in protest that this is connected both with his stand on the commercialization of science, and his stand on the dangers of HPV vaccines in particular. This shows that it does not matter how prominent or highly regarded a scientist is governments will move to isolate and persecute them if they challenge policy. Until Nordic Cochrane began their stand against European Medical Agency over HPV vaccines in 2016 Gøtzsche had by no means been a vaccine critic - best known for his stand over SSRI antidepressants - but for the powers that be vaccines were a step to far. The harms of HPV vaccine were however far too blatant to be ignored. The Nordic Cochrane Complaint took on issues such as conflict of interest, suppression of data and the safety of aluminium adjuvants, which are used in many other vaccines, and in the end it proved not only to be EMA that were failing to protect the public against the industry, but the European Ombudsman's office from the EMA.
From the Petition - do click over even if only to read the pleas from fellow scientists and physicians on his behalf.
Dear Minister of Health of Denmark Ellen Trane Nørby:
We are writing to express our concern over the possible dismissal of Peter Gøtzsche from his job at the Rigshospitalet in Copenhagen. We feel that Dr. Peter Gøtzsche´s work at the Nordic Cochrane Centre has been an important service to patients, taxpayers and the scientific community in Europe and globally. For many years the prestigious activity and publications of Dr. Gøtzsche have played a pivotal role in favour of the transparency of clinical data, the priority of public health needs and the defence of rigorous medical research carried out independently of conflicts of interest. The recent crisis within the Cochrane Collaboration that involved Dr. Gøtzsche and many other prominent long-time members of Cochrane should be seen in this light. Read and SIGN HERE.
From September 2018
Note: Striking letter below from Dr. Peter Gøtzsche , Director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre. Please see the original pdf letter here. Background: What is Cochrane?
The Cochrane Collaboration is a global independent network of researchers, health professionals, patients, carers, and other people interested in health. Cochrane contributors, from more than 130 countries, work together to produce reliable systematic reviews of the benefits and harms of healthcare interventions that are free from commercial sponsorship. These reviews are recognised as representing an international gold standard for high quality, trusted information. Many of our contributors are world leaders in their fields and our groups are situated in some of the world’s most respected academic and medical institutions.
Contributors are affiliated with the organisation through Cochrane groups, which are healthcare related review groups, thematic networks, groups concerned with the methodology of systematic reviews, and regional centres. There is no one place or office that is 'Cochrane'. Our contributors and groups are based all around the world. Each group is a 'mini-organization' in itself, with its own funding, website, and workload.
The Nordic Cochrane Centre
The Nordic Cochrane Centre was established in 1993, the same year as the Cochrane Collaboration. The centre has contributed substantially to Cochrane, particularly within research and IT development. We also co-author guidelines on standards for good reporting of research: CONSORT for transparent reporting of trials, STROBE for observational studies, PRISMA for systematic reviews and SPIRIT for trial protocols. These standards have been endorsed by many prominent scientific journals.
Cochrane reviews are being widely used in the area serviced by the Nordic Cochrane Centre and associated centres, with over 449,000 articles downloaded in 2016. This is an increase of 32% since 2015.
The Nordic Cochrane Centre has also worked closely with the Danish National Board of Health in producing evidence-based national clinical guidelines. The centre is primarily funded by the Danish Government, who also fund the national subscription to the Cochrane Library, ensuring free access for all people living in Denmark. If you would like to know more about our most downloaded reviews, please see our information about the Cochrane Library.
Director of The Nordic Cochrane Centre
Professor Peter C Gøtzsche graduated as a Master of Science in biology and chemistry in 1974 and as a physician 1984. He is a specialist in internal medicine; worked with clinical trials and regulatory affairs in the drug industry 1975-1983, and at hospitals in Copenhagen 1984-95. With about 80 others, he helped start The Cochrane Collaboration in 1993 with the founder, Sir Iain Chalmers, and established The Nordic Cochrane Centre the same year. He became a professor of Clinical Research Design and Analysis in 2010 at the University of Copenhagen. In 2017, he was elected to the Cochrane Governing Board, the Cochrane Collaboration's uppermost authority.
Peter has published more than 70 papers in "the big five" (BMJ, Lancet, JAMA, Ann Intern Med and N Engl J Med) and his scientific works have been cited 30,000 times (his H-index is 63 according to Web of Science). Peter is author of:
- Deadly psychiatry and organised denial (to appear in September 2015)
- Deadly medicines and organised crime: How big pharma has corrupted health care (2013)
- Mammography screening: truth, lies and controversy (2012)
- Rational diagnosis and treatment: evidence-based clinical decision-making (2007)
Peter has an interest in statistics and research methodology. He is a member of several groups publishing guidelines for good reporting of research and has co-authored CONSORT for randomised trials (www.consort-statement.org), STROBE for observational studies (www.strobe-statement.org) and SPIRIT for trial protocols (www.spirit-statement.org). Peter was one of the editors of the Cochrane Methodology Review Group 1997-2014.
His letter is below.
Trusted evidence. Informed decisions. Better health.
Nordic Cochrane Centre
Rigshospitalet, Dept. 7811
2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark
Tel: +45 35 45 71 12
A moral governance crisis: the growing lack of democratic collaboration and scientific pluralism in Cochrane
I regret to inform you that I have been expelled from membership in the Cochrane Collaboration by the favourable vote of 6 of the 13 members of the Governing Board. No clear reasoned justification has been given for my expulsion aside from accusing me of causing “disrepute” for the organization. This is the first time in 25 years that a member has been excluded from membership of Cochrane.