Andrew Lansley on medical research in the NHS

Posted on April 27, 2011 by

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Yvonne Fovargue MP grilled Andrew Lansley on what the changes in the health bill will mean for medical research at health questions in the Commons yesterday

T8. [52580] Yvonne Fovargue (Makerfield) (Lab): Given the concerns of researchers and medical research charities and their belief that the research provisions in the Health and Social Care Bill should be strengthened, what discussions has the Secretary of State had with the medical research community during this pause?

Mr Lansley: The hon. Lady will know that the Health and Social Care Bill does make specific provision for NHS organisations to have regard to the needs for research. She will, I hope, also be very well aware that, by virtue of decisions made by this Government in the spending review, we have been able to sustain the level of research in the NHS. In particular, I was recently able to announce a new 30% increase in funding for translational research funded through the NHS.

Obviously not much time for any revelations but great to remind Andrew Lansley there’s lots of us out there worried about medical research.

More background on where the health bill is here.

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