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.

Read more: Not this day

Andy

Bolam, Bolitho and Patient Safety

Guest post by José Miola, Professor of Medical Law at the University of Leicester Anyone who is interested in the Medical Innovation Bill will have heard a lot about the ‘Bolam test’, which is the test for negligence used in English law.  The Bill team has been careful to state that the Bill does not modify it at all – but instead…

Saatchi Bill Goes Through The Lords for First Reading

The Telegraph reports that the Medical Innovation Bill has ‘passed its first hurdle’ in the Lords and is a ‘step closer to becoming law’. And as such, now is the time to launch our campaign website to oppose the Bill as it stands. The first reading in the Lords is just a formality. There would be no debate – those…

Does the Updated Saatchi Bill Pass the Burzynski Test?

Today, Lord Saatchi is presenting his Private Member’s Bill to the House of Lords. It is the start, he hopes, of this Bill’s passage to become law. I have previously documented about how this Bill looks like it could be a Quacks’ Charter and could even hinder medical research, against the express aims of the Bill. It is quite clear too, that the overwhelming response…