The medicines companies create every day can change the lives of millions right around the world.
The UK has long been home to the research that makes it all possible. We have a life sciences sector that employs over 200,000 people, invests more than any other sector in R&D and is six times more productive than the UK average.
Whoever forms the next Government must take the opportunity to capitalise on the UK’s strength in this area, build our status as a world leader and make sure the new medicines we create get to the people that need them as fast as possible.
In our 2020 Manifesto for Medicine, we are clear that the Government can make that ambition a reality by doing three things:
1. Making the UK the best place in the world for patients to get cutting edge medicines and vaccines
2. Prioritising patients and health security in its future UK – EU relationship
3. Building a thriving environment for medicine discovery so the UK can be the best place in the world to research and develop new medicines and vaccines
Crucially, we believe the next Government should make sure that all patients are able to access the latest treatments and vaccines.
For that, we want to see NICE evolve and a commitment that money paid back to the NHS by companies under the Voluntary pricing and access scheme is used to improve patient access to the latest medicines. These should be priorities in the next Parliament.
A key issue for the next Government will face will be Brexit and the UK’s future relationship with the EU. We believe it is vital for patients in the UK that a relationship is reached that cements cooperation on the regulation of medicines, trade, access to talent and science and innovation.
And there are steps the next Government must take to ensure that the UK is the best place in the world for cutting edge science and medicine discovery, securing the jobs and investment we need in the future.
A recommitment to reaching R&D investment 2.4% of GDP is essential, with the Government partnering with key sectors to attract investment, along with a substantial push to ensure the UK workforce is the most skilled in the world.
The UK’s life science sector is bold, ambitious and a force for good. We look forward to working with the next Government – of whatever colour - to transform lives across the UK.
We have a life sciences sector that employs over 200,000 people, invests more than any other sector in R&D and is six times more productive than the UK average.