Standing Medical Advisory Committee

Standing Medical Advisory Committee

A statutory advisory non-departmental public body (quango) established by legislation in 1949 as one of 9 separate bodies to advise the Minister and the (then) Central Health Services Committee on matters relating to services provided under the National Health Service Act 1946. While the SMAC and the Standing Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Committee (SNMAC) had provided authoritative guidance to the DH and Ministers, other advisory mechanisms with professional medical, nursing and midwifery representation existed. Both were disbanded in 2005.
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She served on the committee on the working of the Abortion Act, the standing medical advisory committee of the DHSS, the Royal committee on medical education and the MRC committee on analgesia in midwifery.
The file of the Standing Medical Advisory Committee, now in the National Archives, is full of the press clippings assembled by civil servants at the time.
The Pfizer boss said Dobson's stand was against the advice of the Standing Medical Advisory Committee.
The Standing Medical Advisory Committee report pointed out that dangerous bugs were becoming resistant to antibiotics; other experts say that about three-quarters of antibiotic courses are of doubtful value.
The group said it expects the Standing Medical Advisory Committee to report to health officials by the end of the month.
The standing medical advisory committee - an independent body which advises the Government on medical matters - warned last month that GPs should not over-prescribe the drug after fears of increasing resistance to the more powerful forms of antibiotic.
Yesterday, Dr Judy Gilley, a GP and member of the Government's Standing Medical Advisory Committee, said: "Patients go to their GPs believing antibiotics are the rapid route to recovery.

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