Saatchi Bill is modified to try to get it through parliament

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 01 July 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g4341
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ, London, UK

A new amendment to the Medical Innovation Bill that would require doctors to seek the opinion of experts outside their hospital before trying experimental treatments could ease the bill’s passage through parliament.

The bill, which had its second reading in the House of Lords on 27 June, is intended to encourage doctors to try untested treatments on patients for whom the accepted treatments have failed. It was sponsored by the Conservative peer Maurice Saatchi, whose wife, Josephine Hart, died from ovarian cancer.

Although the original bill was widely supported during public consultation, critics …

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