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Future of Saatchi bill is uncertain after Liberal Democrats’ veto

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1196 (Published 03 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1196
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

The Medical Innovation Bill, a private member’s bill aimed at protecting UK doctors who try experimental treatments from litigation, has been vetoed by the Liberal Democrats, the junior partners in the coalition government.

The bill, promoted by the Conservative peer Maurice Saatchi, whose wife died from ovarian cancer, was due to have up to two days of debate in the House of Commons with a free vote, after winning the support of the health secretary for England, Jeremy Hunt, and passing all its stages in the House of Lords.

The proposed legislation has been criticised by a wide range of medical bodies, including the BMA and …

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