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The BMJ reports today that our participation in global clinical research trials in the UK are still falling – from 6% in 2002 to 2% 2009. Not only this but applicants are falling too:

Clinical trials are an indicator of the health of the nation’s research, but they are not the only aspect of clinical research that has been affected. The National Research Ethics Service (NRES) confirms that the number of research applications fell from 9670 to 6321 between 2004 and 2010. So, clinical research into devices and techniques and any projects involving human subjects have also decreased.

The bottom line is that to transform the situation requires reducing local barriers to research by removing the ability of trusts to create their own local rules in addition to national systems. This must be a priority for both Andrew Lansley and David Willetts to act on.

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About Julia Manning

Julia Manning is a social pioneer, writer, campaigner and commentator. Formerly a clinical optometrist specialising in diabetes and visual impairment, she is the founder and Director of 2020health, an independent, social enterprise Think Tank whose aim is to Make Health Personal and Social. 2020health has through research, events and campaigning influenced opinion and action in fields as diverse as bioethics, alcohol, emerging technologies, fraud, education, consumer technology and vaccination. In 2014, 2020health were founding partners of the Health Tech and You Awards with Axa PPP and the Design Museum. Since 2016, 2020health has increasingly focused on digital health and public health in the community. Julia is a Fellow of the RSA and now also a part-time PhD student at the UCL Interaction Centre, studying the use of digital technology for stress management in the workplace. Julia has shared 2020health's research widely in the media (BBC News, ITV, Channel 5 News, BBC 1′s The Big Questions & Victoria Derbyshire, BBC Radio 4 Today, PM and Woman's Hour, LBC) and has taken part in debates and contributed to BBC’s Newsnight, Panorama, You and Yours and ITV’s The Week.
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