On 18th August 2011, the government announced that it is providing £800 million to allow the development of research for new medicines, treatments and patient care. This will be the largest investment into health research in the UK so far with the hope to benefit patients with diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart and respiratory diseases . Further to this, four new Biomedical Research Units will specialise in dementia research.
Andrew Lansley, the Health Secretary, stated that it was important to ensure that NHS patients were given the very best possible treatments and health outcomes, which meant giving British scientists the means and tools to develop ground breaking world class health research.
In response, Sir John Bell, President of the Academy of Medical Sciences said that the NHS in England has become one of the best environments in the world for undertaking cutting edge translational research, and this funding would position the UK as a preferred site for clinical development by the pharmaceutical and biotech industries.
This is a very exciting opportunity for the future of health research!
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