An MTG review of government policy for the uptake of medtech finds that opportunities to implement the best innovations are still being missed
Opportunities to adopt innovative medical technologies more widely across the NHS are still being missed, according to a new report
Innovators seeking to bring their products to the NHS are still facing a lengthy and complex process, with patients and clinicians missing out on the benefits provided by medical technology.
This is the warning from Medical Technology Group (MTG) in its latest Deja Review report, which follows an earlier publication in 2016 which called for a system-wide adoption of technologies and a focus on longer-term strategy and solutions to end the postcode lottery of access to medical technologies in the NHS.
A single pathway with a focus on value for the patient will streamline the process and open the system to an array of life-changing and life-saving medical technologies that will help transform our health service
However, barriers to the uptake of innovation still exist, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises, says the new report.
And, with the government prioritising innovation through its MedTech Strategy and the Sinker Innovation Review, the MTG has called for three recommendations to ensure the NHS can fully harness its benefits.
Commenting on the report, chairman of the MTG, Barbara Harpham, said: “Medtech can play a key role in addressing the major challenges facing the NHS. It can help treat more people, reduce waiting lists, increase efficiency, and address staff shortages.
“There are positive signs the Government understands this, with greater funding and a new medtech strategy. There is, however, still work to do on the finer policy details of how the NHS commissions new technologies.
“These recommendations bring together our experience with industry members, patients, and local NHS bodies in seeking to overcome the innovation paralysis in the NHS.
“A single pathway with a focus on value for the patient will streamline the process and open the system to an array of life-changing and life-saving medical technologies that will help transform our health service.”
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