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Medical research blow

7th December 2006

Medical research could be under threat after chancellor Gordon Brown pledged funding levels which would amount to a £300m cut.

A new body is to be created to replace the Medical Research Council (MRC) and NHS Research and Development which will coordinate health research.

The bodies are responsible for around 75 per cent of all medical research in the UK with a budget of £1.3bn to spend on projects looking at ways to treat and prevent disease, as well as research into the workings of the human body.

But the Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research could receive £300m less than its predecessors after the treasury only pledged a budget of at least £1bn.

In his pre-Budget report, Gordon Brown said this new umbrella body would set strategy, monitor progress and decide where money is spent.

The introduction of the OSCHR came out of the Cooksey Review, which looked at how medical research is carried out. It is expected to be in place by 2009.

The final budget will not be decided until the spending review next year.

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