The Welsh Cross-Party Group on Medical Research this week launched its report entitled: How Medical Research Benefits the People of Wales.
The aim of the inquiry was to understand why medical research is so important to Wales and the benefits it can have across society, the health service, and the economy.
The report concluded that participation in clinical trials improves patient experience and outcomes, and that research-active hospitals provide the best possible care. Medical research also helps to address NHS staff shortages, with improved retention and recruitment, whilst giving a massive boost to the Welsh Economy.
Russell George MS, Chair of the Cross-Party Group on Medical Research, said: “If we as a nation are to access all the benefits of medical research, Wales needs proper investment in medical research, equitable patient access to clinical trials, and an NHS with an embedded culture of research.” Mike Hedges MS, who hosted a drop in at the Senedd for Brain Tumour Research earlier this year, added: “Investing in research and life sciences makes perfect sense as it creates long-term, well-paid jobs.”
Responding to the report, Kieran Walshe, Director of Health and Care Research Wales, said: “The experience of the pandemic has made people realise that science done well and done quickly can make a real difference to people’s lives. We also recognise the need to make it easier to get research done.”
Our Policy and Public Affairs Manager Thomas Brayford: “This is an excellent report by the Senedd Cross-Party Group. It identifies many of the themes mentioned in the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Brain Tumours (APPGBT) Report, Pathway to a Cure – breaking down the barriers, in particular creating a sustainable research environment, whilst attracting and retaining the most talented researchers.”
You can read the report here.