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New centres provide boost to healthcare and economy

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A leading clinician has said that encouraging hospitals and universities to work together will improve healthcare as well as provide a boost to the economy.

The chief executive of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and principal of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London, Professor Stephen Smith, said that the Government’s new Academic Health Science Centres will allow newly developed techniques and treatments to be more quickly used to help patients.

He also said that Britain being seen as somewhere which embraces and implements new ideas would encourage more firms to invest here and give the economy a potential boost.

The new centres allow ground-breaking ideas to be more quickly used for clinical trials which can improve or even save lives, Professor Smith continued, and he urged NHS staff to embrace these latest changes.

‘You shouldn’t be in the medicine business if you don’t want change. This is the business of change. It’s at the cutting edge.’

He added: ‘Some of us are a bit more angry and go home and rage about the fact that a kid has died of leukaemia.

‘What the centres try to do is create an atmosphere where everybody gets angry, where people think ‘we can do better than that’.’

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