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Simplify the process for gaining approval for clinical research

Comment 6th July 2010

I would like to see the whole process governing clinical research, streamlined and simplified.

Why does this matter?

I am a research nurse working at my local hospital. I am continually frustrated by the bureaucratic quagmire which is holding back our clinical research work. While I recognise that protection of research participants is extremely important and therefore regulation necessary, I wish the process for gaining ethical and local approval could be simplified. Instead of actually doing the research, I am spending much of my time just trying to get our research projects off the ground. Clinical research is essential for improving patient care and modernising the NHS, but if it is made too difficult some researchers may give up trying and valuable opportunities missed.

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