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Media Monitoring: 25th – 31st March

By March 31, 2023No Comments

Medical Technology Regulations and the NHS – Commons debate

  • Caroline Dinenage MP, ‘the freedoms afforded by Brexit allow us the opportunity to recognise approvals from any jurisdiction that we deem appropriate’.
  • ‘We have the potential to make the United Kingdom the most attractive place in the world for innovation and, in particular, medical innovation’.
  • ‘Will the Minister assure us that every effort will be made to engage with the global health tech industry to ensure that the UK proactively seeks innovations for the benefit of UK patients while encouraging UK-based innovation?’.
  • Andrew Gwynne MP, Shadow Minister for Public Health, ‘What more is the Minister doing to ensure that SMEs are sufficiently supported to launch their innovative new products here in the United Kingdom?’.
  • Caroline Dinenage MP, ‘One of my big concerns is that we just do not adopt these technologies and innovations early enough, and that we certainly do not get them into the NHS early enough.’

Health and Social Care Committee publishes report on ICS’s

  • The Committee stated that it shared concerns over the lack of clarity [pertaining to the ICS’s and were worried about the balance between accountability and autonomy that became the focus of their inquiry.
  • The committee also stated that the ICS’s must “get the necessary national support to pursue longer-term work.” They suggested that all Integrated Care Boards must include a public health professional or public health director.
  • The report made 30 recommendations, 14 to improve autonomy and 16 to improve accountability.

Life sciences companies supercharged with £277 million in government and private investment

  • Four life sciences companies from across the UK will benefit from the first tranche of Life Sciences Innovative Manufacturing Fund (LSIMF) grants.
  • £277 million will help fund and advance life sciences manufacturing projects in both medical diagnostics and human medicines.
  • £17 million in government funding is supported by additional private investment of £260 million, to back companies investing in life science manufacturing projects that help grow our economy, boost health resilience, deploy innovation, minimise environmental impacts and support levelling up.

Britain expected to reach broad agreement on joining Pacific trade pact soon

  • Sources have indicated that the UK is to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
  • The partnership currently has 11 members, including Australia, Japan and Canada, and is seen as a key steeping stone to improving global trade relations post-Brexit.
  • Membership will supplement existing bilateral trade deals Britain has with several of the member countries.

NHS: Public satisfaction with health service drops to record low

  • Public satisfaction with the NHS has slumped to its lowest level ever recorded by the long-running British Social Attitudes survey.
  • Just 29% of people responded that they were satisfied with the NHS last year, with the biggest concerns being long waiting times and shortages of staff.
  • This number is a far cry from the record high 70% satisfaction rate achieved in 2010.

Broadening research and awareness of AMR

  • Jonathan Pearce, CEO of Antibiotic Research UK discusses the charity’s efforts in creating new therapeutics to tackle antibiotic-resistant infections, and the actions needed to better address the threat of AMR.

Ringfence 10% of UK health spending for preventive measures, report urges

  • The Tony Blair Institute has called on the Government to be ambitious in its pledge to harness prevention in healthcare, particularly amidst growing health inequality rates.
  • The think tank bemoans the NHS’s model of ‘almost entirely focused on treating sickness’ as opposed to preventing ill health in the first place.
  • This thinking has been amplified with recent data showing long-term economic inactivity due to long-term sickness is severely hampering UK economic growth and impacting NHS finances.
Natalie Creaney