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European red tape holds back UK research, say academics

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b223 (Published 20 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b223
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    Clinical academics are becoming increasingly concerned at the growing number of hurdles that must be overcome to get funding for medical research in the United Kingdom.

    They argue in a recent letter to the Times that UK research is being jeopardised by the plethora of checks and counterchecks, which can delay the start of a trial by as much as two years (www.timesonline.co.uk, 14 Jan, “UK research trials are on verge of extinction”).

    More than 100 academics signed the letter, originally drawn up by Morris Brown, chairman of clinical pharmacology at Cambridge University, and also signed by George …

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