Responding to new UK-wide commitments to accelerate genomic research and drive innovation in healthcare, Dr Layla McCay director of policy at the NHS Confederation said:
“We are pleased to see the four UK governments come together on this critical issue to ensure the acceleration of genomic research.
“Improving cancer diagnosis and treatment, improving clinical trials and earlier detection of diseases – which genomic research will drive – will all help the NHS to make quicker progress through the elective backlog.
“The UK Government has set out its intention to make the UK a scientific superpower and this is a positive step towards making that a reality. What we now need is support for implementation in the NHS – including funding – so patients and service-users can enjoy the best possible care.”