Failure to innovate is “high risk” option for UK healthcare, conference hears

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 21 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f4030
  1. Matthew Limb
  1. 1London

UK health services must invest far more in innovation, stop being “amateurish,” and support “transformative” service design, experts told a conference.

Technological breakthroughs could greatly benefit patients but might drive hospitals closer to extinction, some warned.

David Albury, director of the Innovation Unit, a social enterprise, said that politicians should stop fearing innovation and adopt a long term perspective. “All the risk is loaded on the future, but there is endemic failure in the present,” he said.

He was speaking at a conference, “Advancing healthcare: harnessing innovation in the NHS,” held by the healthcare think tank the King’s Fund in London on 19 June at the Royal Society of Medicine.

Albury, a policy consultant, said that the NHS …

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