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  1. Helen C Francis,
  2. R McL Niven
  1. North West Lung Research Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester M23 9LT, UK
  1. Dr Helen Francis, North West Lung Research Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester M23 9LT, UK; helen.c.francis{at}manchester.ac.uk

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We thank Dr Preece for his comments. We believe that he is justified in questioning the make-up of the panel and that this has a significant bias for tertiary assessment of occupational lung disease. However, our aim in performing this process was to get this group of experts to agree on “definitions” with a view to unifying the label at this later clinical stage of the process.1 In addition, we hoped that the requirements of a specialist occupational lung disease assessment service would form a basis for developing a “standards of care” document for …

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