Government pulls plug on regional research and development funding

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 13 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:825
  1. Carol Harris
  1. London

    The Department of Health has cancelled funding for research and development commissioned through its regional offices for 2002-3, in order to divert savings of up to £10m ($15m) to frontline services.

    The decision was in a notice sent at the end of September by the NHS Executive to NHS regional offices.

    The notice said: “In order to release additional funds for front line services the central Department of Health budgets, including R and D, have been required, with immediate effect, to make substantial savings. Specifically, all regions have been required, with immediate effect, to stop any new …

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