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Genetic tests and staff are cut to save money

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 14 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1238
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. 1London

    The UK government's plans to make genetic testing more widely available in the NHS are being thrown into reverse by financial cutbacks, a survey by its own advisory body shows.

    The Human Genetics Commission's survey of 14 of the United Kingdom's 18 regional genetics centres shows that most are being forced to make cuts, which vary from 3% to 9% of their total budget. Five have had to cut staff or leave vacancies unfilled and most anticipate the situation being worse next year.

    This has led to restrictions in the number of genetic tests as well as longer waits …

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