Unhealthy option

June 2, 2006

The potential diversion of millions of pounds of funds from other research councils to a single fund for health research ("Councils may lose medical funding", May 26) will be to the detriment of UK health-related research.

Research councils often support communities with distinctive expertise and vision, and the competitiveness of a research proposal might be assessed differently across the research councils. This is a strength of the UK system.

The imposition of a single council will erode this diversity of expertise, which will have a negative impact on the portfolio of UK health research.

Manchester University

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