Nice question Graeme Morrice..

Posted on June 8, 2011 by

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Graeme Morrice MP asked an interesting question yesterday… about health research and the Health & Social Care Bill.

One of our major concerns about the bill is to ensure it will build research throughout the health system – placing a consistent duty to get involved with research on all the bodies making up the reformed NHS. Currently a lack of engagement at just one level can make it difficult to get research projects off the ground.

Graeme Morrice: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will bring forward amendments to the Health and Social Care Bill to establish a duty on the Secretary of State and all relevant NHS bodies to promote research. [57713]

Mr Simon Burns: The Government have used the natural break in the parliamentary timetable to take the opportunity to pause and listen to views on plans to modernise the national health service, including regarding the role of NHS bodies in promoting research. The Government will consider comments regarding the need to establish a duty on all relevant NHS bodies to promote research during the current pause and as the Bill progresses through Parliament.

We’re expecting the NHS Future Forum to report early next week so we’ll look out to see what they say on this…

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