NHSA Chief Executive Dr Séamus O’Neill responds to the Government’s Life Sciences Vision published this week
Dr O’Neill said: “We welcome the Government’s new vision outlining how we can build on the learnings of the pandemic to improve patient care, and to position the UK as a life sciences world-leader.
“The economic power of the health and life sciences sector should not be underestimated. It is a growing sector which, with sustained investment, has the potential to strengthen the UK’s economy while also improving the health of the population.
“It’s particularly encouraging to see the emphasis placed on utilising the collective strengths and assets from across academia, the NHS and industry, which is crucial to creating an environment ripe for streamlined development, evaluation and implementation of innovations.
“The North of England’s life sciences cluster has all the components to play an important role in the Government’s vision to transform the UK into a life sciences superpower, we just need the investment to better connect the North’s assets and to leverage the impact that is possible with greater scale and collaboration.
“We have the expertise and facilities across the North’s NHS trusts, universities and businesses to enable innovation within the region and to help address the healthcare missions outlined in the vision.
“The pandemic has presented an opportunity to do things differently. Let’s hope that the Government’s latest show of commitment signals the step change we so desperately need. We look forward to finding out what the next steps in delivering the vision will involve at the Spending Review.”
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