Friday, 20 April 2018

NHS Genomics threatened by ethics, IT and funding

NHS Genomics threatened by ethics, IT and funding The deployment of the UK’s world-leading genomics capabilities in the NHS is being held back by NHS digital infrastructure delays and reduced training budgets, and risks losing public support due to low public awareness of the benefits on offer.

Genomic medicine has the potential to transform the NHS, and the transformation has been made possible by the 100,000 Genomes Project – which has established the UK as a world-leader in the field. Nevertheless, issues around digital infrastructure, staff training and ethical concerns over the collection and use of patient data risk making the planned NHS Genomic Medicine Service unable to deliver upon this potential. Commons Science and Technology Select Committee

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