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

Three main criticisms of the consultation process were made in the responses:

Three main criticisms of the consultation process were made in the responses:

ii) It was evident, for example at the fourth consultation event, that the drafting of the Bill under consideration had changed during the consultation process, but a new draft was not made available to all with an interest.
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ii) It was evident, for example at the fourth consultation event, that the drafting of the Bill under consideration had changed during the consultation process, but a new draft was not made available to all with an interest.