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Deirdre Heenan: Academics must be free to call public service to account

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28th June, 2020
Dr Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer to the Department of Health in Northern Ireland expressed his concerns about comments by an academic on PPE. Picture: Press Eye.

“Jaw dropping” “inappropriate” and “petty” was the verdict of Luke O’Neill, a professor of biochemistry of Trinity College Dublin, on the letter sent by Michael McBride, the chief medical officer in Northern Ireland, to the vice-chancellor of Queen’s University Belfast.

In an extraordinary intervention, McBride expressed his concerns about comments that were given by an academic at Queen’s to the media on personal protective equipment...

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