Letters

Reforming research in the NHS

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7528.1339-c (Published 01 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1339
  1. D J Sheridan, professor of cardiology ([email protected])
  1. Imperial College School of Medicine, Academic Cardiology Unit, St Mary's Hospital, London W2 1NY

    EDITOR—Cole highlights some of the challenges to the proposals to reform research support from the Department of Health,13 but the need to restore academic medicine does not reflect an intrinsic failure. Rather, it has been a victim of financial constraints, and clinical research has been marginalised in an increasingly citation and commercial focused academic environment.

    The proposed creation of a virtual National Institute of Health Research could provide a powerful national voice for academic medicine at a …

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