18th July 2017
Full Ambition in Accelerated Access Review ‘still to be realised’
LONDON, UK (18 July 2017) - Commenting on the Government’s announcement on the Accelerated Access Review (AAR) and its commitment to increase funding in key areas, Chris Hudson, Director of Healthcare Development Roche Diagnostics UK, said:
“While we welcome the Government’s commitment to increase funding in certain areas, the full ambition in the AAR to improve access to medical technologies and diagnostic tools, is still to be realised.
“The AAR found that innovative diagnostics can save money and improve patient pathways. Around 70% of clinical decisions are made using some form of in vitro diagnostic. However, currently the uptake of new in vitro diagnostics by the NHS can take up to 10 years, even though they are proven to reduce hospital stays and lead to better patient outcomes
“We would welcome a full, positive Government response to the review ahead of the Industrial Life Sciences Strategy which will ensure a sustainable healthcare system as highlighted in the Five Year Forward View “
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