Research Article

London after Tomlinson. Clinical research.

BMJ 1992; 305 doi: (Published 31 October 1992) Cite this as: BMJ 1992;305:1081
  1. M. Green
  1. British Postgraduate Medical Federation, University of London.


    Sir Bernard Tomlinson's report focuses on London's health services, but his proposals have major implications for the future of clinical research--not just in London but in the United Kingdom as a whole. They must be seen in the context of a widely perceived decline in British research and development which also threatens clinical research. This article examines the implications of Tomlinson's proposals and related strategies and recommends the construction of a research market for the patient costs of clinical research to complement the NHS market for patient services introduced in 1991. These arrangements would help sustain the clinical research base and guarantee excellence.