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Government maintains spending on science and research

Medical academics at the BMA have welcomed the government’s financial allocations for science and research.

BMA medical academic staff committee co-chair Peter DangerfieldThe Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has announced it will protect science spending — a total of £4.7bn.

For the first time the government will fund the Academy of Medical Sciences with nearly £0.5m.

BMA medical academic staff committee co-chair Peter Dangerfield (pictured right) welcomed the news but said funding levels should be closely monitored.

He said: ‘We support the commitment to maintain current levels of investment in research and innovation, while recognising the limitations of the present economic restrictions. 

‘However, for the UK to continue to innovate and develop the best research and development, a continuing review of the levels of funding is imperative to ensure that long-term growth of available money is a priority.’

Essential investment

Professor Dangerfield said this would support the world-class research being undertaken in UK universities, as well as ensure the NHS was maintained to the highest possible level.

Academy of Medical Sciences president Professor Sir John Tooke said maintaining funding levels for science and research was a tough decision but vital, even in challenging, financial times.

He said: ‘Investment in research and innovation is essential to drive economic growth and deliver societal and health benefits.

‘We we must seek to grow public investment in science and innovation over the longer term if we are to harness fully the unique advantages of the UK’s scientific talent and infrastructure.’

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