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NHS research is to focus more on care

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 15 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1424
  1. Rebecca Coombes
  1. London

    Funding given to NHS trusts for research and development is to become more tightly controlled, with organisations facing pressure to enlist more patients into clinical trials.

    From next year NHS funding will be awarded only for applied and practice based research that has a direct focus on people and their health. “We are no longer going to give the NHS money that they can use on their own account,” said Sally Davies, director of NHS research and development at the Department of Health.

    She was speaking at a conference at the BMA last week on the crisis in academic medicine, which heard how NHS funding for research–about £500m ($880m; €740m) this year–was often swallowed up by trusts' general budgets.

    Professor Davies said the money was also distributed unfairly on an …

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