BIVDA Press Releases

08Nov

Press Release - BIVDA responds to the Government’s £248 million investment to modernise diagnostics

Press Release - BIVDA responds to the Government’s £248 million investment to modernise diagnostics

 

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Nearly £250 million is to be injected by the Government into the modernisation of diagnostic care across the NHS. This will lead to improved technology, data sharing, accelerate routine care and, crucially, help tackle significant care backlogs.

 

Delivering more diagnostic tests, health checks and scans is non-negotiable for the UK population’s health at this moment in time, with nearly 6 million people awaiting treatment. 70% of information to inform clinical decision making comes from diagnostics, and IVDs are critical to continuing to support the fight against COVID but also essential to reduce the backlog of patients undiagnosed or waiting for treatment as a result of the pandemic. Supporting the development and roll-out of home-grown diagnostic solutions will enable NHS agility in responding to current health challenges.

 

Despite the importance of IVDs to optimal patient care, less than 1% of the NHS’ budget is dedicated to the uptake of new and innovative IVD products. BIVDA welcomes today’s funding, but stresses the importance of continued support for the IVD sector to develop these outcome-changing products, have them authorised for use, and swiftly adopted into patient care pathways.

 

ENDS

 

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For more information on BIVDA and our current work, please contact michael@bivda.org.uk

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