Euro MP to visit Leicester Hospital

clinical trials microscopeAn East Midlands Euro MP will visit a local hospital next week as part of her work drawing up new European laws on clinical trials.

GlenisWillmott will visit the Leicester Royal Infirmary from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm on Monday 21 January.
European rules on how clinical trials are authorised and carried out are set to be rewritten over the coming months, and Glenis, Health Spokesperson for Labour’s MEPs, is the rapporteur, or lead MEP, taking the legislation through the European Parliament.

Her visit will include a tour of the Hope Unit, a purpose built facility for research into Cancer, followed by discussions with professionals affected by the new rules, including clinicians, researchers, and (non-commercial) sponsor organisations.

She said: “The visit to the Leicester Royal Infirmary is an important part of putting effective new rules in place.  Seeing clinical trials in practice and talking to those most directly involved, will help in the parliamentary debate which will shortly follow.”

Professor David Rowbotham, Director of Research & Development at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said “We’re pleased to welcome Ms Willmott, MEP to our hospitals.  Research is very important to us as an organisation and we currently have over 800 research projects being carried out across our three hospitals.  Our researchers will also welcome the opportunity to discuss their research, rules, regulations and how the proposed changes will increase opportunities for new medicines for our patients”

Explaining her role in steering this crucial piece of legislation through the European Parliament, Glenis said: “If we get the new rules right they could create many skilled jobs in the UK and Europe, as well as leading to new life-saving treatments and drugs.”

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