Should Researchers Engage

Today I got a survey from RCUK (UK equivalent of NIH) and the Wellcome Trust about Public Engagement in Science and how we encourage researchers to do this........

I said a carrot and a supportive Institution. At QMUL Public Engagement is one of the metrics that is considered along with our publications, grant income and teaching
One question asked was do you: Agree strongly, Agree, Disagree or Strongly disagree that public engagement should be done by professionals and journalists. What do you think?

My experience of getting information by journalists is often lies, damm lies and complete and utter nonsense and truth stretched a bit farther than it should. That's why we get "cure of the week" every week, 

Today we hear that the NHS has no more cash problems

Do you believe that as Jeremy Hunt the Health Secretary has given the NHS enough extra funding?

As we know there was a cross-party stitch up to insidiously privatize the NHS via the back door, coupled with a relative media backout. 

Now Mr Hunt wants to get tough on the staffing agencies ripping the NHS off....  I wonder...Reap what you sow?