Answering a question in the House of Commons yesterday, 21 July 2014, Dr Dan Poulter, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Health, said that although the Government supports the principles of the Medical Innovation Bill, amendments were required in four key areas.
Poulter, who continues to work as an NHS hospital doctor on an unpaid basis, believed it was necessary to amend the Bill to ensure it does not:
- put patients at risk;
- deter good and responsible innovation;
- place an undue bureaucratic burden on the national health service; or
- expose doctors to a risk of additional liabilities.
The brief exchange in the House can be read in Hansard.
For the text of the Bill and a list of current amendments, see: Current Medical Innovation Bill and amendments.