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Medical Innovation Bill

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03 Mar 2015

Reacting to the news that Health Minister Norman Lamb has vetoed the Medical Innovation Bill, Mr Ian Ritchie PRCSEd said:

"I am delighted that the Minister shares our view that the Medical Innovation Bill requires considerable Parliamentary time and scrutiny in order to fully consider its implications.

"Our sole focus as medical professionals is patient care, but believe that the Bill in its current state would undermine patient safety. We remain unconvinced that it would enhance innovation and would instead create legal uncertainties and give undue credence to experimental and unethical treatments.

"For this reason, we have campaigned hard on this issue meeting with Peers and MPs to express our reservations with the Bill and collaborated with the Royal Colleges of Pathology and Psychiatry to ensure MPs are aware that our concerns are shared across the wider medical profession.

"As the Bill could still possibly be debated this Friday (6 March) or return to Parliament in the future, we ask MPs to remain mindful of the Bill and give it the attention it deserves.”

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