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Research ‘playing second fiddle’ to clinical care in NHS

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Clinical academic calls for NHS culture change, so research is seen as more mainstream

A top clinical academic has called for a culture change within the NHS as he warned that research and innovation was “playing second fiddle” to direct clinical care.

Speaking during a House of Lords Science and Technology Committee session on clinical academics in the NHS on 22 November, Paul Stewart, a professor of medicine at the University of Leeds and vice-president (clinical) at the Academy of Medical Sciences, warned that research was not being regarded as a priority in the over-stretched NHS.

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