The ‘Darzi Collaborative’: Why the AAC’s new Chair will give it some much-needed impetus

Today it was confirmed Lord Darzi will replace Sir Andrew Witty as Chair of the Accelerated Access Collaborative (AAC). Led by NICE and drawing together 13 government departments, regulatory bodies and industry representatives, the AAC is tasked with “making the process of getting transformative technologies to patients quicker, cheaper and easier for innovators and theRead more

Hitting the target: where now for precision medicines?

Today (10th April 2018) WA Health has launched a new insight report on precision medicines, Hitting the target: Where now for precision medicines? In recent years precision medicines have become increasingly common as our understanding of disease, particularly cancer, has become more advanced. For example, lung cancer, once described as a single disease, is nowRead more

A ‘health tax’ won’t fix the NHS, but it’s a good start….

More than 100 years ago Winston Churchill, on a fact-finding mission to Germany on behalf of a UK Government Commission, marvelled at how the newly-created system of national insurance provided the German people with a safety net in times of sickness or unemployment. It was, in 1908, a revolutionary idea. Eager to keep pace withRead more

The Health Top Ten: Winter Edition

As the dark mornings set in and we all return to work, WA Health looks at the top ten trends, policy developments and potential pitfalls for the health sector to look out for in the run-up to Spring. New Year, New Me At this time of year many of us give ourselves New Year’s resolutionsRead more

Sector Deal or No Deal? The Verdict on the Government’s Plan for Life Sciences

The life sciences sector is the jewel in the crown of British industry and has been for some time. It outperforms all others in terms of productivity and growth, making it the teacher’s pet of the Industrial Strategy and a beacon for how industry and government can collaborate successfully on big-ticket issues such as genomicsRead more