Wednesday, 22 November 2017

NHS doctors fell 'dirty' working with private industry, health chief says

NHS doctors fell 'dirty' working with private industry, health chief says Live-saving NHS innovations are being held up because doctors think it is “dirty” to work with the private sector, the Government’s most senior health advisor has said.

Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer, told Parliament that staff were reluctant to associate with profit-making bodies even if it denied them the chance to improve their skills.

She said that if the NHS was to improve its research capacity there needed to be a “revolving door” between the health service, academia and industry bodies such as pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers.

Her call came as the Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor acknowledged that the training of NHS doctors capable of researching new cures and procedures had taken a “backward step”. The Daily Telegraph

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