Scottish independence could threaten medical research, warn scientistsBMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3558 (Published 27 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3558
- Bryan Christie
Arguments have broken out in Scotland over the future of medical research if the country votes to separate from the UK in September’s independence referendum.
A group of leading doctors and scientists warns that independence will “jeopardise Scotland’s present success in the highly competitive arena of biomedical research.” However, these fears have been dismissed by a group of academics campaigning for a yes vote.
Scotland has 9% of the UK population but in 2012-13 received just over 13% of grants from the UK Research Council. It also received a greater than population share of research funding distributed …