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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Academy of Medical Sciences, Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust

Academy of Medical Sciences, Medical Research Council and Wellcome Trust

No substantial recorded evidence has been raised with us to suggest that doctors are being deterred from the use of innovative treatments or procedures owing to fear of litigation, though we are aware that there are anecdotal cases.
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2014-06-03T23:11:38+01:00
No substantial recorded evidence has been raised with us to suggest that doctors are being deterred from the use of innovative treatments or procedures owing to fear of litigation, though we are aware that there are anecdotal cases.