News, Policy & Media

Jun 09, 2021
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has announced his preferred selection for the chair of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Sir Andrew Mackenzie will be tasked with driving forward the Government’s ambitious goals for UK research and innovation. Sir Andrew has a background in both science and business areas. His early career was as an academic geochemist, then moved into industry and was the Chief Executive of BHP (a mining company).Sir Andrew is now Company Chair of Shell and was knighted...
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Jun 02, 2021
A clinically-led review of urgent and emergency care standards has been published by NHS England. The new report has been welcomed by health organisations, patients, clinicians and the public. Findings included in the review have led to recommendations on the reduction of hidden waiting times, the lowering of COVID-19 risks in health settings.  The overall objective of the standards review as to recognise what was clinically important to patients. The review was based on a consultation on t...
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May 27, 2021
According to a new market research report from MarketsandMarkets, the infectious disease diagnostics market could be worth $39.8 billion by 2026. Growing awareness for early disease diagnosis, the prevalence of infectious diseases worldwide and onset of COVID-19 are factors supporting the high growth of this particular market. The infectious disease market is segmented into reagents, kits and consumables, instruments, software and services. The reagents, kits, and consumables segment accounted f...
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May 27, 2021
BIVDA helped to formulate the new NICE Diagnostic Pathology Impact Report and we welcome its publication – we look forward to working with NICE and NHS England stakeholders on making even more progress to improve services.Our External Affairs team has produced a briefing on the report, highlighting its recommendations and future action for engaging with stakeholders, including BIVDA.Links to reports cited in the briefing are as follows:Early Detection and Diagnosis of Cancer RoadmapTh...
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May 25, 2021
A new national public health procurement scheme has gone live to speed up access to supplies and build threat resilience. The new microbiology framework will help to grow capacity, push innovation and build resilience within the microbiology supply chain. The framework is open to all public sector, academic and charitable bodies. It will help to ensure labs and other diagnostic and treatment services have easier and faster access to essential supplies. The framework was designed by Public Health...
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May 19, 2021
NHS Confederation has announced the launch of a new network for GP Federations as it seeks to unite federation managers across the UK and support members with tailored products such as bulletins, briefings and events. This will allow chairs, chief operating officers, and other senior federation managers to interconnect, co-operate on issues and share resources. Ensuring the ongoing support of primary care during the pandemic, while it copes with the NHS backlog from lockdown pauses, will be an e...
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May 18, 2021
The United Kingdom has shared some objectives for the COP26 event in November with Central American countries in a regional event. The British Ambassador in Guatemala, Nick Whittingham, led discussion from the UK side at the virtual opening of the French – Central American talks on climate change, organized by the Government of France, the Guatemalan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the countries of the System of Central American Integration (SICA). The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Chan...
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May 10, 2021
The United Kingdom has downgraded its COVID-19 alert level from 4 to 3 as the NHS vaccination programme and social distancing measures take effect in bringing down transmission rates. The change in the level means the epidemic is in general circulation but transmission of the virus is no longer deemed to be high or rising exponentially. This decision was made by all four UK nations’ Chief Medical Officers, along with the NHS England Medical Director Stephen Powis. A statement from Chief Me...
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May 07, 2021
Life sciences companies unlock £11 billion in corporate investment A new report regarding British life sciences corporate investment has found that companies were involved with £11 billion of corporate investment over the first quarter of 2021. The new figures reveal the UK was fourth highest globally with life science companies completing £20 billion of corporate investment.  The report is titled ‘Life Sciences Innovation: Building the Fourth Industrial Revolution&r...
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Apr 27, 2021
Medical aid and equipment being sent to India from the United Kingdom has arrived today as the country struggles to cope with a huge second wave of COVID-19 infections and deaths. India recorded 320,000 new infections on Tuesday, and deaths are now close to 200,000 in total. Hospitals are being consistently overwhelmed and funeral pyres have been seen burning across Indian cities as the death toll mounts even further. Many deaths have not been reported according to experts, and one source told B...
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