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Health bill should include commitment to promote medical research, say research leaders

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3196 (Published 20 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3196
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

UK research leaders have backed calls for the integration of hospital and community health services, public health, and social care as the way to improve healthcare, rather than restructuring of the service in England as proposed by the health secretary, Andrew Lansley, in his health reform bill.

They also believe that a duty to support and promote medical research should be enshrined in the bill because it could translate into better care for patients and help pay off the country’s debts by boosting the drug industry. They urge that, to champion research, Sally Davies, the chief medical officer for England and head of the National Institute for Health Research, be given a seat on the NHS Commissioning Board, which will oversee the …

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