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Senior Lancet editor sacked

Global health advocate Rhona MacDonald has been fired from her position as senior editor at __The Lancet__ for what she describes as a violation of the confidentiality policy held by the journal's publisher Elsevier. MacDonald, who had worked at __The Lancet__ for more than three years, said that she was disciplined for sending out a draft and a final version of an editorial she said she wrote about the future of the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) -- which over

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Global health advocate Rhona MacDonald has been fired from her position as senior editor at __The Lancet__ for what she describes as a violation of the confidentiality policy held by the journal's publisher Elsevier.
MacDonald, who had worked at __The Lancet__ for more than three years, said that she was disciplined for sending out a draft and a final version of an editorial she said she wrote about the future of the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) -- which oversees the country's international development and poverty reduction efforts -- to several third parties. MacDonald emailed the two versions of the editorial to colleagues and sources she'd interviewed on background for the piece because, according to a statement she emailed to __The Scientist__, __The Lancet__'s editor, Richard Horton, "changed the whole meaning of the editorial without giving me...the opportunity to make any comments or suggestions before the editorial went...



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