Strong and stable? How to read the political environment: Presentation to the 2017 HealthInvestor conference

I was very pleased to address the 2017 HealthInvestor UK conference in London last week, on the subject of how to read the current political environment. Below is a copy of my remarks. There are a number of questions that I’ve been asked to share some thoughts on today, namely: Is political chaos the newRead more

The Life Sciences Strategy – Saved by the Bell?

The long-awaited industry-led report to government setting out the Life Sciences Strategy was published this week to great fanfare. Professor Sir John Bell, the lead author and government-appointed Life Sciences Champion, has been touring the country speaking to companies for months. Many have been eagerly awaiting the Strategy for some time – over the lastRead more

Peers’ dressing down could prompt Government re-think on NHS delivery

This government and its predecessors received a dressing down from the Select Committee on the Long-term Sustainability of the NHS last week. The committee of peers published its report on the health service and its ability to deliver under increasing financial and demand pressures. Criticism was firmly focused on the ‘short sightedness’ of successive governmentsRead more

NHS and social care funding: ask, beg, plead and you shall receive

This week’s budget proved the government had heeded the warnings, pleadings and eventual shouting from the health and social care sector that things could not go on without some form of cash injection. Although May appeared steely in her resolve throughout the winter crisis – that the NHS had been given all the funding itRead more

Investing in U.K. plc

Recently Greg Clark announced £229 million investment in science, research and innovation as part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. Welcomed by industry and a boost to the two new world-class centres that will be built, the announcement cements the government’s commitment to Life Sciences as a central pillar of championing brand ‘U.K. plc’. The IndustrialRead more