London scientists blame NHS reforms for brain drain

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 30 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:291
  1. C Dyer

    An exodus of top medical researchers from London to posts elsewhere in Britain and abroad is being blamed on government mismanagement of the NHS. The brain drain includes several leading figures in genetics and gene therapy. Among them is Professor Bob Williamson, famous for his part in the discovery of the gene for cystic fibrosis. He is leaving St Mary's Hospital to take up a post as professor of genetics at Melbourne University in Australia.

    Professor Williamson said that he had always resisted headhunting offers in the past but that things had “gone far enough” in London's hospitals. He said that the commercialisation of the NHS had made research all but impossible …

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