Medical Innovation Bill is fundamentally unworkableBMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1003 (Published 24 February 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1003
- Jose Miola, professor of medical law1,
- David Hills, independent researcher2
- 1School of Law, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK
- 2Bridgend CF32 7BL, UK
We share the concerns about the Medical Innovation Bill expressed by almost all major medical, medical protection, patient, and research organisations—it is unnecessary, misunderstands the law, jeopardises patient safety, and undermines clinical trials.1 Importantly, though, a fundamental structural flaw also means that it cannot function as it claims.
The bill rests on two pillars: peace of mind for doctors and …