Yorkshire Cancer Research in Harrogate has welcomed the possibility of a new ‘one nation science’ strategy.
Universities and science minister Jo Johnson yesterday signalled a new approach to the way research funding is allocated throughout the country.
Speaking in Sheffield, he said that the government needs to do more to ensure research excellence is funded wherever it is found in order to drive the growth of the economy and raise productivity.
Currently, 46% of public investment in research goes to the ‘Golden Triangle’, which includes internationally renowned universities in London, Oxford and Cambridge.
This is particularly the case for the funding of cancer research, which is heavily concentrated in London and the South East.
Yorkshire Cancer Research, the largest independent regional cancer charity in England, has long been calling for more money to be invested in the north of the country. Public Health England recently announced that cancer incidence rates in the north are far higher than in the south. Yorkshire also has some of the worst cancer outcomes in the country.
Charles Rowett, Chief Executive Officer at the charity, said:
We strongly welcome any measure that will help to rebalance the way research funds are allocated in this country and we would be delighted to be at the heart of any initiatives that would bring more regional investment in cancer research to the north. It is essential that more research funding is ploughed into the north of England so we can ensure that everyone, no matter where they live, has an equal chance of avoiding and surviving cancer.
We know that patients who live in areas with consistently high levels of research do better. Investment in research not only boosts the local economy, which in turn improves education and awareness, but it also means patients have access to the very latest treatments through clinical trials.
Yorkshire Cancer Research marks its 90th anniversary this year. The charity is dedicated to improving cancer outcomes in Yorkshire by working in partnership with the county’s universities and teaching hospitals, the NHS and other charities to fund research projects that have a direct impact on patients.