BIVDA sets out stall to new Government
BIVDA has hit the ground running in 2020, with Doris-Ann and new External Affairs Manager Jon Harrison reaching out to key Ministers and Departments in the refreshed Johnson administration, with several meetings already secured.
Contacting Secretaries of State and advisers in the Treasury, Department of Health, BEIS and No.10, we have highlighted the targeted policies and issues relevant to each Ministry, including:
• Budget silos – Currently the budget for testing and general pathology in the NHS is separated from the rest of the budget for a medical pathway. This can often provide a disincentive to introduce cost-saving and potentially life-saving new tests because while the up-front and ongoing costs are borne by the innovators, the savings accrue further down the patient pathway.
• Understanding – When being commissioned, the use of diagnostics is either misunderstood, or worse, not considered at all.
• Flexibility – Currently, the NHS is too inflexible when it comes to adopting new IVD tests.
A significant amount of change needs to occur in 2020 if we are to ensure that the full benefits of IVDs are experienced by patients, the NHS and the UK economy. Therefore over the coming month we will be formulating a submission to the forthcoming Budget, outlining the changes we need to see. If you would like to contribute to the submission please contact Jon on firstname.lastname@example.org