Parkinson’s Disease

Health written question – answered on 7th July 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what direct funding his Department has made available for research into Parkinson's disease.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Department's National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) spent £4.0 million in 2013-14 on Parkinson's disease research through research programmes, research centres and units, and research fellowships.

The usual practice of the NIHR is not to ring-fence funds for expenditure on particular topics: research proposals in all areas compete for the funding available. The NIHR welcomes funding applications for research into any aspect of human health, including Parkinson's disease. These applications are subject to peer review and judged in open competition, with awards being made on the basis of the importance of the topic to patients and the national health service, value for money and scientific quality.

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