Government gives backing to Saatchi bill

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 21 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6360
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

The UK government is supporting the Medical Innovation Bill, a private member’s bill aimed at encouraging doctors to try experimental treatments where all else has failed, without fear of litigation.

The bill, proposed by the Conservative peer Maurice Saatchi, whose wife, the poet Josephine Hart, died from ovarian cancer, has divided the medical profession. Some have welcomed it, while others say it is unnecessary or will encourage quackery or reckless experimentation on dying patients.1 But the backing of Jeremy Hunt, health secretary for England, greatly increases …

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