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Chief medical officer wants genomic services to be centralised within five years

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3232 (Published 04 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3232
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

Genomics medicine needs to evolve from a “cottage industry” to become a centralised service if its full potential to improve the diagnosis and management of patients with rare diseases and cancer is to be realised, England’s chief medical officer (CMO) says.

Sally Davies set out a series of recommendations on genomics medicine in her annual report.1

“We have got patients across the NHS accessing the latest genomic diagnoses and treatments. But not everyone is, and I want us to democratise genomics,” she told a press conference in London on Monday.

Currently genomic services are delivered by 25 regional laboratories plus a …

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