Who could be against a Medical Innovation Bill?
The Medical Innovation Bill, known as the Saatchi Bill, has been introduced to Parliament by Lord Saatchi with the aim of helping “doctors to innovate new treatments and cures safely and responsibly for cancer and other diseases.”
We do not believe the Bill will have this effect.
Indeed, it might have precisely the opposite effect and put patients at risk from mavericks and quacks. Many doctors, legal experts, organisations and charities have expressed serious concerns with the Bill and even whether it is required.
The team responsible for the Bill have amended their draft, but the amendments would appear to have little effect.
If this Bill becomes law, it could remove vital protections from patients and hinder real research into currently difficult to treat diseases. Please support us and let your MP know about your concerns.
“There are many patients that we can’t cure, but no patients we can’t hurt.”
— Prof Michael Baum