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Milburn challenges NHS to exploit genetics revolution

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 28 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1018
  1. Judy Jones
  1. London

    A £30m ($42m) package of measures to help bring the genetics revolution into everyday medical practice has been unveiled by Alan Milburn, the health secretary. “The human genome project has already crossed a new frontier in scientific knowledge,” he told scientists at the International Centre for Life in Newcastle upon Tyne. “The question now is whether we can harness that knowledge to cross a new frontier in medicine.”

    Under the government plan, the number of consultants specialising in genetics will nearly double to 140 by 2006. Support staff and genetic counsellors will also double in number to about 450. The numbers of patients being seen by specialist …

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