We’re well into the first 100 days of a new government and while it’s been an eventful few weeks, the Prime Minister’s recent announcements indicate that science and the NHS will be top priorities.
An additional £1.8 billion will be spent on modernising buildings and equipment, while £250million is being put towards a new national Artificial Intelligence (AI) laboratory.
So, what does this mean for cancer? Well, this could help the NHS purchase up-to-date kit for detection and treatment. A focus on AI could free staff from basic tasks and allow them to spend more time with patients, as well as maintaining the UK’s position as a leader in new technologies.
Another relief is the guaranteed funding for British scientists to continue their research and innovation on the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme, regardless of what happens on 31st October.
It’ll be an interesting couple of months, so we’ll have to wait and see, but Cancer Research UK is determined to put cancer at the top of the agenda.