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

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28th June, 2020
Deirdre Heenan: Academics must be free to call public service to account
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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