April 10, 2017 (Ottawa) – HealthCareCAN, the national voice of hospitals and healthcare organizations in Canada, including the majority of the country’s research hospitals, commends the focus on better coordination and increased funding for science research reflected in the Science Review Report. The Science Review, led by Dr. David Naylor and an expert panel, was commissioned by the federal government to review federal support to fundamental science.
“The government’s decision to conduct and release this report lends further credence to its message that ‘Science is back’”, says Bill Tholl, President and CEO of HealthCareCAN quoting Minister Duncan’s comments last year. “The thoroughness of this report will provide an important diagnostic and allow Canadians to have a much needed dialogue on the importance of science, alongside other important priorities in our country,” he added.
The report highlights what the health research community and international experts have been saying for some time about research funding and coordination in Canada. “We are pleased to see the report address the issues of funding and coordination and look forward to reviewing the details” said Dr. David Hill, Integrated Vice President of Health Research at the London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s London and one of two HealthCareCAN research co-chairs. “This report has been anticipated particularly in the health research community where insufficient funding and coordination issues have put undue stress on researchers and their staff and students”.
While the report explores all areas of fundamental science, the implications for research hospitals and health research in Canada will be the subject of discussion at an upcoming meeting of the country’s research hospital vice presidents of health research. “We are pleased to see that science matters for Canada,” said Ellen Chesney, Chief Administrative Officer for Research at Provincial Health Services Authority in British Columbia and HealthCareCAN research co-chair. “All areas of science are important. However, research that impacts our health, healthcare, patients and practice settings in particular, needs special consideration. We look forward to assessing the report in this context”, she added.
“HealthCareCAN looks forward to both Ministers Duncan and Philpott clarifying the engagement process with the science community. We will also expect the funding recommendations from the Science Review Report acted upon in the fall economic statement”, concluded Bill Tholl.
The Science Review appears to address many of the recommendations that HealthCareCAN offered in its submission to the Federal Review of Fundamental Science. This submission can be viewed here.
HealthCareCAN is the national voice of healthcare organizations and hospitals across Canada. We foster informed and continuous, results-oriented discovery and innovation across the continuum of healthcare. We act with others to enhance the health of the people of Canada; to build the capability for high quality care; and to help ensure value for money in publicly financed, healthcare programs.
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