Northern Health Science Alliance council members have signed a letter calling on the Prime Minister to draw on the North’s world-leading expertise in health to level up the dramatic inequality in North-South health research funding.
Dear Prime Minister,
We call upon you to invest properly in health research in the North of England.
Just £21 is spent per person on health innovation and research in the North compared to a £62 average in London, Oxford and Cambridge. This lack of investment helps to perpetuate health inequalities.
Poor health accounts for one third of the productivity gap between the North and the rest of the UK, at a cost of £13.2bn a year. Analysis by the Northern Health Science Alliance shows that this situation is getting worse and the gap is widening year-on-year as investment is increasingly centralised in the South East.
The North of England has more world top 250 universities than Italy, Spain and France combined, exceptional NHS hospitals and proven strengths in health innovation.
There is huge potential to support economic growth through working with innovators to address the needs of patients, support the creation of jobs and drive inward investment.
Our organisations are the anchor institutions in our cities and regional economies and, with health innovation investment, we can help in levelling up the North.
Dr Séamus O’Neill, Chief Executive, Northern Health Science Alliance
Professor David Burn, Chair of NHSA and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University
Dame Jackie Daniel, Chief Executive, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FT
Professor Paul Stewart, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Medicine & Health and Dean of the Medical School at the University of Leeds
Dr Liz Mear, Chief Executive, The Innovation Agency (AHSN for the North West Coast
Professor Graham M Lord, Vice-President & Dean Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health University of Manchester and Director Manchester Academic Health Science Centre
Professor Carol Holland, Deputy Dean Faculty of Health and Medicine, Lancaster University
Richard Stubbs, Chief Executive, Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network
Karen Partington, Chief Executive, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals
Professor Alison Metcalfe, Pro Vice Chancellor for Learning and Teaching and for the College of Health, Wellbeing and Life-sciences, Sheffield Hallam University
Steve Warburton, Chief Executive, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Amanda Ellison, Director Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing, Durham University
Dr Nav Ahluwalia, Executive Medical Director and Director of Research, Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust
Professor Louise Kenny, Executive Pro-Vice-Chancellor Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, University of Liverpool
Professor StJohn Crean, Pro Vice Chancellor (Research, Innovation and Enterprise) Professor of Medicine in Dentistry, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, University of Central Lancashire
Dr Nicola Wesley, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Academic Health Science Network North East North Cumbria
Dr Ben Bridgewater, Chief Executive, Health Innovation Manchester
Professor Karen Bloor, Professor of Health Economics and Policy, and University of York Research Champion for Health and Wellbeing
Julian Hartley, Chief Executive, Leeds Teaching Hospitals
Sir Mike Deegan, Chief Executive, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth Moody, Executive Director of Nursing and Governance & Deputy Chief Executive, Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Trust
Professor Chris Newman, Interim Vice-President for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health, University of Sheffield.
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