As follows are the key health policy issues, as well as wider announcements, covered in the Autumn Statement made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne MP, to Parliament on Thursday 5 December.
£10 million competition for business to map rare cancer genes
Winning companies will be funded to develop high-tech products to help identify and treat inherited diseases and cancer. Ideas could include new computer code or hardware, or improvements of existing software and devices.
Health Minister Lord Howe has launched the first UK Rare Diseases Strategy. The strategy aims to help build understanding of rare diseases, and increase research to find effective treatments and therapies. The Government has also announced that the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will establish a Rare Diseases Translational Research Collaboration (TRC), which will be given £20 million over a period of four years.
BIVDA has responded to the Science and Technology Committee's inquiry into antimicrobial resistance, following the Department of Health's Five Year Antimicrobial Resistance Strategy, 2013-2018.
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BIVDA is pleased to respond to the MHRA’s public consultation on the revision of European legislation Medical Devices and In Vitro Diagnostics
The British In Vitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA) welcomes today’s announcement that there will be a review of quality assurance arrangements for NHS pathology services.
The British In Vitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA) welcomes the report Creating Change: IHW One Year On which was announced alongside The Strategy for UK Life Sciences: One Year On.
The four leading UK human healthcare trade associations welcomed the government’s updated vision for life sciences in the UK.
The British In Vitro Diagnostic Association (BIVDA) welcomes the Chancellor’s continued support for business and science. £600M additional spending on science infrastructure will be welcomed by the UK’s IVD sector employees who work in research and development. It will help Britain maintain its position as a world leader in science research. Additionally, BIVDA welcomes cuts in business taxes and the establishment of a new business bank which will lend to SMEs. Over 90% of the British IVD sector is made up of SMEs and access to finance can still be a major barrier to innovation.
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