Welsh Government ‘precision’ medicine pledge welcomed

A new commitment to harness developments in genetic medicine has been welcomed today.

The £6.8m fund is meant to ensure that Wales can compete internationally in a field of medicine which is moving at pace.

However, Welsh Conservatives are calling for assurances from the Welsh Government that Wales’ communications infrastructure will be adequate to take advantage of the opportunities presented by this breakthrough in healthcare. A reliable communications infrastructure is vital to allow these facilities to grow across Wales, and not just in urban centres - particularly if they’re going to be aligned with universities and hospital research centres.

Shadow Health Secretary, Angela Burns, said:

“Genomics has enabled ground-breaking advances in research and medicinal applications, and holds an enormous hope for us all in the future.

“Indeed, finding alternatives for the treatment of illnesses that are caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria is almost entirely dependent on the study of bacteriophage genomics.

“We welcome this focus on the area of precision medicine, but the Welsh Government needs to step up its efforts to ensure that a reliable communications infrastructure is in place to encourage a network of specialised research facilities in this country to grow.”