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

Current Medical Innovation Bill and amendments

The Medical Innovation Bill has already gone through several incarnations, so it may be useful to clarify the text of the Bill before Parliament and to list the current amendments that have been tabled.

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Document Date
Medical Innovation Bill (HL Bill 4) as introduced (pdf version) 06/06/2014
Explanatory Notes Bill 004-EN 2014-15 (pdf version) 06/06/2014


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Amendment Date
By Lord Winston 10/07/2014
By Lord Pannick, Lord Winston, Lord Turnberg 11/07/2014
By Lord Turnberg, Lord Pannick, Baroness Emerton 15/07/2014
By Lord Turnberg 05/08/2014
By Lord Saatchi 09/09/2014
By Baroness Finlay of Llandaff 15/10/2014
By Baroness Masham of Ilton, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, Baroness Wheeler, Lord Saatchi 21/10/2014


Marshalled List of Amendments to be moved in Committee has been published, listing all 39 amendments.

Other amendments will be added when published.