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New funding to make UK “a world class environment for medical research”

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 08 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1359
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The English government has announced a raft of initiatives to boost medical research in the NHS.

    The chancellor of the exchequer, Gordon Brown announced a series of measures which he said would make “the UK a world class environment for medical research, development and innovation, through a programme of investment and reforms that enable high quality and cost-effective medical advances to be discovered and developed quickly, cheaply, and reliably.”

    The plans include implementing key recommendations made in the Department of Health's recent consultation document, Best Research for Best Health ( These include setting up a National Institute for Health Research designed to coordinate research across institutions already carrying out research within the broader NHS and to improve the coherence of publicly funded health …

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