NHS research needs separate funds, says task force

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 17 September 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:688
  1. L Dillner

    Unless money for research and development is separated from other NHS funding there is a risk that investment in such programmes will be “squeezed out as providers seek to keep their service prices to purchasers as low as possible,” warns a government task force. The task force was set up by to look at the effects of the reforms on research and development in the NHS.

    Chaired by Professor Anthony Culyer, the pro-vice chancellor of the University of York, it wrote to over 900 organisations and individuals and received over 200 replies. Almost everyone who replied expressed concern that the NHS reforms were jeopardising research and development. Purchasers and providers wanted to invest only in programmes that were immediately and directly relevant to the delivery of patients' care. Multicentre trials were at risk because purchasers …

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