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UK government’s changes to health bill are welcomed by research community

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 16 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3800
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Research charities are celebrating success in persuading the UK government to put greater emphasis on research in the revised health bill.

The bill will now create a new duty on the Secretary of State for Health and the Clinical Commissioning Groups to promote research and innovation, and promise measures to “embed” a culture of research in the NHS Commissioning Board and Public Health England. Further, the government has undertaken to ensure that the costs of patients taking part in research funded by the government and research charity partners are met through the normal arrangements for commissioning patient care.

Sir John Bell, president of the Academy of Medical Sciences, said: “This is a hugely significant step towards creating an NHS that is a responsive and willing home for research and innovation. These measures …

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