The post-Brexit liberalisation of #clinicaltrials could be the way to a bolder ambition for the UK

There is much post-Brexit talk of using our new-found political independence to liberalise clinical trials in the U.K. We can cut ourselves free of all that terrible EU red-tape that has weighed us down. Or so the argument goes. We can be quicker and more efficient than other countries. We will be more attractive to… Read More The post-Brexit liberalisation of #clinicaltrials could be the way to a bolder ambition for the UK

The devil’s in the manual – health research regulation and public involvement @HRA_Latest

When I was growing up I used to help my Dad do DIY around the house.  Our perennial companion was a thick, hard-bound manual with step-by-step guides on how to do anything and everything.  No job was too big or too small for it.  From replacing a chimney stack to changing a plug. Dad passed… Read More The devil’s in the manual – health research regulation and public involvement @HRA_Latest

Health Research Authority makes its pitch to patients and the public

Now, how does the famous saying go? Some are born regulators, some become regulators, and some have regulation thrust upon them. Yesterday our medical research regulator – the Health Research Authority (HRA) – set out its strategy for public involvement: http://www.hra.nhs.uk/patients-and-the-public-2/how-the-hra-works-with-patients-and-the-public/our-strategy-for-public-involvement/ Regulators are the modern tool by which Governments operationalise law. Years ago it used… Read More Health Research Authority makes its pitch to patients and the public

Do I detect a slight fumble of the ball in today’s Commons Select Committee report on clinical trials?

Not for the first time I was awake at 3am this morning. Cup of tea in hand, watching American football.  It’s amazing how those players keep the ball when so many other players are piling on top of them.  Rarely do you see the thing break free.  They must practice for hours…. The House of Commons… Read More Do I detect a slight fumble of the ball in today’s Commons Select Committee report on clinical trials?

Political spotlight on Health Research Authority (HRA) intensifies

I am sure the new Health Research Authority (HRA) can take care of itself.  But the expectations being heaped on it by others show no signs of abating. I wouldn’t be surprised if tomorrow someone calls on it to cure cancer. If it had been created by a Blair Government it would surely have been… Read More Political spotlight on Health Research Authority (HRA) intensifies