Thursday, January 14, 2010
Partnership for Prevention sent a letter to congressional negotiator
"It is vital that each body continue to offer unbiased, objective recommendations that can inform physicians, public health officials, and other health professionals about the quality of evidence of clinical and community services," Partnership President/CEO Robert J. Gould wrote Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, and Sen. Henry Waxman, D-Calif.
"...To maintain this scientific independence, it is absolutely essential that task force members have the necessary training and expertise to fulfill their primary responsibility: the review of scientific evidence related to the effectiveness of clinical and community preventive services and applying this evidence to decision-making.
"Any other qualifications for appointment, such as expertise in employer health or school health or clinical experience, should be a supplemental qualification and not an alternative..." he concluded.