Lord Darzi appointed as chair of the Accelerated Access Collaborative

Lord Darzi becomes the chair of a new joint government-industry group aiming to speed up patient access to innovation.


[London, UK] Former Labour health minister Lord Ara Darzi has been appointed as chair of the Accelerated Access Collaborative to bridge the gap between the NHS, government and industry and accelerate patient access to cutting-edge tools and treatments.

The collaborative will be in charge of the Accelerated Access Pathway allowing innovative technologies to reach the NHS up to four years earlier.

The new fast-track route will be launching later this year, with a number of products tackling conditions such as cancer, diabetes and dementia, building on an £86m funding package for innovators.

“Britain is world leading in medical science and research, but we need to make sure that people in the UK are able to reap the benefits of this innovation.

“It is vitally important that patients have rapid access to cost-effective, transformative treatments on the NHS.

“Doing so will not only improve the health of our patients, but will promote future collaboration between the life sciences sector and the NHS post-Brexit – benefiting the British economy and creating jobs,” Lord Darzi said.

Findings released by the Institute for Public Policy Research ahead of the publication of Lord Darzi’s review of health and social care indicated earlier this month that the NHS could save nearly £13bn a year if it invested in a ‘far-reaching’ automation programme.

Commenting on the appointment, Health Minister Lord O’Shaughnessy said:

“I want the UK to be at the forefront of breakthrough treatments and medical innovations – but often it can take too long for products to get from the bench to the bedside.

"The Accelerated Access Pathway will speed up this process so patients can benefit from the best technologies far quicker – and I’m delighted to appoint Lord Darzi as the chair to oversee this important work.”

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