Garry Jennings. director of the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, has sent in the following response to concerns raised at Croakey and elsewhere, with a link to a question and answer document on the Institute’s website:
“We thank everyone for their comments. This is an innovative donation arrangement so we are not surprised at the range of responses.
Some raised concerns, some were based on misunderstanding or preconceptions and others were very supportive of the initiative.
The issues raised in the correspondence, and many more, are dealt with in detail here.
From the outset we have been determined that this should be an open and transparent arrangement, and we are comfortable that important questions of independence and influence are well covered.”
It will be interesting to see whether this response allays or inflames concerns. To my mind, it raises some questions for the Heart Foundation, given the disclosure that Prof Jennings is Chair of the Foundation’s National Cardiovascular Health Advisory Committee.