Cochrane UK: NHS pulls supportBMJ 2023; 382 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.p1756 (Published 28 July 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;382:p1756
- Bryan Christie
The UK National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) has decided to end its contract with the Oxford based Cochrane UK in March 2024, a year before it was due to expire. The move came after the withdrawal of funding from 21 Cochrane research groups in the UK earlier this year and brings to an end 32 years of NHS support for the work of the Cochrane collaboration. The total value of the funding involved is just under £5.3m (€6.2m; $6.8m).
Cochrane UK announced the decision on social media, resulting in an outpouring of concern, with many doctors recalling the value of the work carried out by Cochrane groups and saying it would be a great loss if it had to close. They were also puzzled as to why such a decision was being taken.
In a statement the NIHR said that, although it valued …