New parliamentary group to examine role of personalised medicine in NHS

1 February 2016

A new All-Party Parliamentary Group on Personalised Medicine aims to help the NHS and patients make best use of the increasing availability of technologies to provide more personalised health and care. 

Chaired by Jo Churchill MP, an experienced businesswoman and active health campaigner, the group will explore how the UK can better use science and technology to create a more sustainable and efficient NHS and deliver more personalised medicine.

The APPG’s formal registration followed its inaugural meeting on 14 December where its officers were elected and the 2016 work programme was agreed.

Nearly thirty parliamentarians across both houses have already signed up to the group in pursuit of a more efficient and effective NHS. Working closely with Jo Churchill will be Co-Chair Lord Norman Warner and supporting officers Sir David Amess MP, Chi Onwurah MP, Lord Patel, Lord Hunt and Lord Willis.

Independent science and health policy think-tank the PHG Foundation, will provide the secretariat, and work in partnership with the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA), to provide all necessary support for the Group.

The formal launch of the APPG on Personalised Medicine is set for 15 March 2016, where stakeholders will join parliamentarians to discuss the nature of personalised medicine and implications for the NHS.

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