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Lords condemn “wholly inadequate” delivery of government’s life sciences strategy

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 26 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1856
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. London

A hard hitting report has raised serious concerns about the delivery of the government’s life sciences strategy, Nigel Hawkes reports

Delivery of the government’s much vaunted strategy for life sciences is “incoherent and wholly inadequate,” a House of Lords select committee has concluded.1

In an unusually hard hitting report the Science and Technology Committee said that the plans showed complicated arrangements for implementation, a lack of clear authority and accountability, and a failure to engage the NHS effectively.

Although the strategy relies on the NHS, the committee said that nobody in the service’s higher reaches seemed committed to implementing it and that the NHS’s structure stifles innovation. Unless that can be put right the strategy is …

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