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Media Monitoring: 14 – 20 October

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Wales innovates, creating a stronger, fairer, greener wales: delivery plan

  • The Welsh Government have released a plan for how they will deliver the innovation strategy for Wales.
  • This includes increasing the adoption of diagnostic innovations in Wales.


Close AI ‘confidence gap’ to make it a powerful force for good, say experts

  • A British Standards Institution survey found almost half of people in the UK support using artificial intelligence to bring down NHS waiting lists.
  • Experts said building trust in the technology is a “critical factor” to ensuring it is a “powerful force for good” in the future.
  • Some 20% of those surveyed in the UK have more confidence in AI than people, while 65% said patients must be made aware when AI tools are being used by clinicians.


Joint Statement on the third Edition of the UK Colombia Trade Dialogue: October 2023

  • On October 9, 2023, the UK Minister of State for International Trade, Nigel Huddleston MP, and the Colombian Minister of Trade, Industry, and Tourism, Germán Umaña, met in Bogotá, Colombia, for the third edition of UK-Colombia trade dialogues.
  • He highlighted the United Kingdom’s willingness to exchange experiences and best practices in harnessing innovation and creating enabling environments to deliver for citizens in these sectors.
  • Life Sciences: Ministers welcomed the practical measures recently taken to support innovation on the sector and agreed that further co-operation can help deliver Colombia deliver its healthcare objectives.


Negotiations on an enhanced UK-Switzerland Free Trade Agreement: Update October 2023

  • The second round of negotiations on a UK-Switzerland Enhanced Free Trade Agreement took place from 18 September to 6 October 2023.
  • The UK is working to negotiate an agreement that delivers modern services and investment provisions, while further removing tariff barriers to create mutually beneficial commercially meaningful opportunities for our world class producers and exporters.


£4.6m investment will bring 200+ jobs to new lab space

  • More than 200 jobs will be created through a £4.6m investment in revamping laboratory space at Charnwood Campus.
  • Highly-specialised lab space, which is currently unused, is to be reactivated to create a world-class biochemistry building.
  • It will mean existing facilities can be upgraded as part of the first phase of an Innovation Centre project which will provide specialised laboratories, which meet modern regulatory requirements, for Leicester and Leicestershire’s life sciences cluster.


Britain’s life sciences sector needs a shot in the arm (paywall)


In Parliament:

At PMQs, Dehenna Davison (Bishop Auckland, Conservative) asked if the Prime Minister would meet with her and Dr. Susan Michaelis at the Lobular moon shot Project to discuss what more can be done for a dedicated research stream for lobular cancer.

Responding, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said that early diagnosis for cancer is key, and that the NHS ‘help us help you’ campaign is working to break down barriers to diagnosis. He said that thanks to treatments and faster detections, survival rates for cancer are now increasing and more deaths are being prevented. He encouraged all those invited to take up the offer of breast cancer screening.

In Health and Social Care Questions, Peter Gibson (Darlington, Conservative) asked what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of emergency department opt-out testing for HIV.

Responding, Minister for Primary Care and Public Health Neil O’Brien said the testing has been highly effective.

Following this Mr Gibson asked if the Department would commit to further resources to expand opt-out testing more widely.

In reply, Mr O’Brien said the Government are committed to fighting HIV and will assess several avenues to do so.




Ben Kemp