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Official report says UK science advice ‘at risk of groupthink’

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Reliance on small groups of trusted insiders limits diversity of opinions, according to government-commissioned report

Science advice in the UK relies on closed networks and exclusive relationships that limit diversity of opinions and risks ‘groupthink’, according to a report commissioned by the government’s Science and Innovation Network.

The UK’s science advice system has been in the limelight throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, with the government’s chief scientific adviser, Patrick Vallance, and chief medical officer, Chris Whitty, often flanking senior government ministers during public announcements.

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