Re: Withdraw Saatchi’s quackery bill
Unfortunately, Dr McCartney has misunderstood the fundamental purpose of this bill, which seeks to offer patients hope when the evidence base is either lacking or uncertain.
The bill certainly does not seek to prohibit research but simply recognises that research has provided too few answers.
Lastly, as someone who helped draft the wording of the bill, it was very important to make ‘quackery’ more, not less, difficult to practise than at present.
That explains why the bill puts in place measures, such as the requirements to involve a multi-disciplinary team and seek approval from a Responsible Officer, so as to ensure that clinicians act responsibly and only offer biologically plausible innovations.
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