UK BIA warns life sciences industry may be lost without political commitment
Will life sciences sector be lot without more political co-operation?
BioIndustry Association officials say the UK’s life sciences industry could be
lost without lasting political commitment.
a report that has been produced as the general election politicking gets under
way, the body argues that despite the efforts of successive governments to
support the UK life science sector and encourage uptake of innovation, policies
have not been fully implemented or led to lasting change.
report states that political parties ‘should think creatively about how to
harness the unique strengths of the NHS, as a single integrated system, to
bolster UK life sciences in the face of global competition for investment’.
also urges the government to speed up adoption of recommendations made for an
accelerated access review, which have been on hold since 2014.
report also underlines that, just before Parliament shut down for the general
election, it adopted an amendment to the Health Service Medical Supplies (Cost)
Bill that will require future governments to consult on the ‘economic
consequences for the life sciences industry’ and impact on patients when
introducing cost-containment measures for new medicines.
sciences contributes a lot to the UK economy, so it has some influence to exert
on government thinking. The problem may be getting itself heard above all the
other claims and demands filling the politicians’ ears now.
BioIndustry Association:Political parties need to provide concrete proposals for how government
can support UK life sciences