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New government strategy to improve disease diagnosis

By Tim Sandle     Jun 4, 2013 in Health
London - The U.K. government has announced a new research funding scheme that aims to improve the diagnosis of a number of serious diseases.
To achieve this, the government has invested £4 million to establish a series of national centers of expertise called NIHR Diagnostic Evidence Co-operatives. The project will be run by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and four health services located in London, Leeds, Newcastle and Oxford.
The objective of the centers is to bring together a wide range of experts and specialists from across the health service and industry. The type of work undertaken will include new ways of diagnosing conditions such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, liver conditions, stroke and diabetes.
The responsible health minister, Lord Howe, has been quoted as saying that: "This funding will provide researchers with the support needed to ensure that this country continues to be at the forefront of healthcare research.
The new Diagnostic Evidence Co-operatives, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, will generate evidence that has the potential to improve the way patients are diagnosed and treated, and help the NHS use resources more effectively.
“The UK is already a leading force in health research, inventing new technologies to improve the lives and healthcare of patients. This funding will provide researchers with the support needed to ensure that this country continues to be at the forefront of healthcare research.”
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) aims to maintain a health research system in which the UK health service supports individuals to conduct leading edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public.
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