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R Gertz

"Long quest for cancer data" - quite misleading! Let's look at the reasons why the CSA refused to disclose: because the numbers were so small that every child would be identifiable. Ergo: very small numbers and thus it would be hard to find any signficance for proving links between Sellafield and childhood leukaemia in the area.

On the other hand, let's consider actual cancer research that does some good - namely Scotland's cancer registers. Had the CSA not appealed and the SIC's decision become precedent, then there would be a high likelihood that cancer registers would die a slow death. People find out that suddenly data they supply voluntarily in confidence is no longer confidential, but that everybody who claims to have an interest can get access and nobody will supply their data anymore. Nice outcome, right?

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