- Jeremy Hunt, Department of HealthSecretary of State for Health
Medical Innovation Bill
Right now, the government is deciding whether to pass a new law, the Medical Innovation Bill, that will help doctors to find new treatments safely and responsibly for cancer and other diseases.
For Alex Smith's son Harrison, 8, who has Duchenne – a 100% fatal condition – and those with cancer and other diseases it is a matter of life and death.
Standard treatments for rare cancers and other less common diseases often don’t work. And in many cases they haven’t changed or been improved for years.
This leaves the patient with a terminal illness no hope, no choice and no chance.
The law makes it hard for doctors to try new treatments – even when they know that standard procedures are not going to cure the patient.
Offering only the standard procedure guarantees the doctor will not be sued.
Safely trying something new leaves the doctor open to litigation and the loss of his or her job.
This is why current law is a barrier to innovation – it creates a culture of defensive medicine in the NHS.
The Medical Innovation Bill will remove this barrier and help doctors innovate safely on behalf of their patients.
Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary, said: “The government should do whatever is needed to remove barriers that prevent innovation which can save and improve lives. The Medical Innovation Bill…correctly identifies the threat of litigation as one such barrier."
Help us ensure the Government keep their promise.
"The Bill seeks to support doctors who endeavour to act in the best interest of their patients without the fear from litigation.
"It deters from irresponsible experimentation but encourages a much needed attitude change of innovation in the provision of care to patients."
Professor Ahmed Ashour Ahmed, Professor of Gynaecological Oncology, Consultant Gynaecological Oncology Surgeon and Scientist, University of Oxford
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The Bill, inspired by Lord Maurice Saatchi has been drafted with help from eminent clinicians, lawyers and judges including Lord Woolf, Former Master of the Rolls and Lord Chief Justice, Baroness Butler-Sloss, former Lord Justice of Appeal and leading Professors from the Oxford School of Medicine, among others.
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- Secretary of State for Health
Jeremy Hunt, Department of Health
I know that you support the Medical Innovation Bill – but I’m urging you to make it law. To make innovative treatments a reality for all patients.
I want boys like Harrison, patients all across the UK and the millions more who will be diagnosed in the years to come to have a chance at life.
1 in 17 of us will be diagnosed with a rare disease. And 53% of all cancers diagnosed are rare. That’s millions of people across the UK who want, and need their doctors, surgeons and clinicians to be able to prescribe, with their consent, safe and effective innovative treatments.
You said: ‘The Government should do whatever is needed to remove the barriers that prevent innovation which can save and improve lives.’
Make that promise a reality.
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