Select Committee on Science and Technology Appendices to the Minutes of Evidence


Memorandum submitted by Professor Stan Kaye, CRC Professor of Medical Oncology, The Royal Marsden, London

  The move to a new position at The Royal Marsden Hospital in London is giving me a new perspective on the changing situation, since there are clearly different structures in place in England and Scotland. This is probably the most important observation that I could make, ie the regrettable lack of a single structure for going forward in (clinical) cancer research in the UK.

  The N.C.R.I. has got off to an excellent start (I am a member of the steering group for the N.C.R.N.), but it would be better still if it covered the whole of the UK rather than England. The recently-initiated N-TRAC has the same limitation. Overall, however, progress in the first year has been very good, thanks particularly to the efforts of Peter Selby.

  Cancer research networks are still at an early stage of development in many parts of the country, but enthusiasm appears to be at a high level. It would be important not to make the mistake of assuming that the quality of patient care will improve simply by putting in place research networks, without the crucial investment in staff and equipment for cancer services. So far, there is no sign of additional (new) funding of any significant degree.

Professor Stan Kaye

6 December 2001

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