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Catapult closure reveals absence of joined-up government

The chief medical officer says precision medicine is the future of healthcare. So why is the government axing a centre devoted to it, asks David Bott.

The past few weeks have seen a coincidence of announcements that would seem more at home in a movie, used to drive a conspiracy plot.

First, Innovate UK, the government’s innovation agency, announced on 26 June that it is to close its two-year-old Precision Medicine Catapult and fold its activities into the Medicines Discovery Catapult. Then on 4 July, the annual report from Sally Davies, the UK’s chief medical officer, stated that the future of healthcare is precision medicine. You couldn’t have made it up.

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