Bill to protect doctors who try experimental treatments starts journey through UK parliament

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 03 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3696
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

A bill that would give extra legal protection to doctors who try experimental treatments on patients who are hard to treat is expected to become law with government support.

The Medical Innovation Bill, sponsored by the Conservative peer Maurice Saatchi, is due to have its first reading in the House of Lords this week, after it was redrafted to introduce further safeguards.

Some critics of the bill have argued that it could promote quackery, while others maintained that it was unnecessary because the common law already protects doctors who act in line with a responsible body of medical opinion.

But a public consultation by the Department of Health for …

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