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Cash-strapped NHS diverting nurses from clinical trials, report says

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The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), which represents companies working in the UK’s £63bn life sciences sector, said it was concerned by the report.

Dr Sheuli Porkess, an executive director at the ABPI, said: “As a fundamental part of both developing and accessing new types of treatments, reports that resources for clinical trials are under pressure and need more support are of real concern.

“While the UK has a long established and successful record of clinical research, competition to attract commercial clinical trials is increasingly global,” she added. “For that reason, improving the speed and efficiency of UK clinical trial capabilities and making sure they are as effective and efficient as possible needs to be front and centre of NHS and Government policy.”

NHS jobs data shows there was a net reduction of 3,000 nurses in 2016-17, with nearly 33,500 leaving the public health service in total.

An NHS England spokesman said: “Nurses working in research are vital to improving the care and experience of patients and a key priority for the NHS.”



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