Stop the Saatchi Bill

Driven by an extraordinary two-year PR campaign on social media and a supportive newspaper partner, this all started as Lord Saatchi’s Medical Innovation Bill, metamorphosed through several versions, and was resurrected under a new name by Chris Heaton-Harris, before finally clearing its last hurdle in the Lords this week to become the Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Act. Pretty much the only thing they share is the word 'Innovation' in the title.

One day, it may be possible for politicians to ask the people who actually work in the medical field: what are the problems you face, and how can we help you overcome them?

One day, politicians may actually listen to the answers they receive, and thus try to tackle genuine problems rather than imagined ones.

One day, politicians, medics, researchers, lawyers, patient groups, charities, and the public, may work together to overcome the barriers to the development and provision of new treatments.

But it is not this day.

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Monthly Archives: November 2014

Treating Children under the Saatchi Bill

Re-blogged with permission from Treating Children under the Saatchi Bill by Nigel Poole QC If the Saatchi Bill is passed there will come a time when a child is seriously harmed by negligent treatment and the child receives no compensation because the doctor has a “Saatchi defence”. Some supporters of the Saatchi Bill believe that its opponents lack compassion and are…

Perception and Reality

Re-blogged with permission from Perception and Reality by Nigel Poole QC “In democratic politics, perception is reality” wrote Lord Saatchi in The Telegraph earlier this year. In his days in advertising and PR he learned all about the power of the word and of the image. We can all remember the line, “Labour Isn’t Working” and the images of slashed purple…

Over 100 of the UK’s leading Cancer specialists oppose the ‘Saatchi Bill’

For Immediate Release A group of over one hundred of the UK’s leading cancer doctors and researchers have written a letter to the Times newspaper opposing the Medical Innovation Bill, the so-called Saatchi Bill, currently going through the House of Lords. In the letter published today (13th November 2014) the oncologists speak of their dismay that the bill, proposed as…

The current, revised, re-drafted, tweaked, changed, updated and amended latest draft

As we’ve said before, the Medical Innovation Bill has already gone through numerous incarnations during its current and previous attempts to survive the scrutiny of both Houses. The Committee Stage of the Bill took place on 24 October. There were 39 amendments tabled and they were generally discussed in groups. The (nearly) four hours of debate can be watched here: The…