Medical research may be spared the Budget axe

THE Federal Government is facing fresh calls today to give assurances about the future of medical research funding following reports that Labor would likely back down from a widely anticipated $400 million cut to the NHMRC budget.

Reports from News Limited have indicated that a proposal to cut research funding had been rejected by a Government expenditure review committee headed by Treasurer Wayne Swan.

As MO went to press, the Labor Government had neither confirmed or denied the rumours of cuts to NHMRC funding which have incited outcry from the medical