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Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill

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14 Oct 2015

The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has today reiterated its opposition to the Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill that will be debated by MPs this Friday (16 October 2015).

Ian Ritchie PRCSEd said; "The College has lobbied hard against this and the previous iteration tabled by Lord Saatchi as we believe that both are unnecessary and have the potential to undermine patient care.”

The Bill proposes the creation of a 'Database of Innovations' as well as significant changes to the way that patients can hold doctors to account when things go wrong. In a letter to over 500 MPs, the PRCSEd explained how the database was open to abuse and how it would effectively absolve doctors from any liability if they followed the Bill’s low standards of consultation.

Mr Ritchie added; "there is no evidence that this Bill is needed nor wanted. Whilst we support innovation, patients need to be protected from bad science and unfounded experiments.

"The real barriers to innovation are the often complex regulatory environment and relative lack of research funding. Unfortunately, the Bill does nothing to address these issues.”

For more information on the Bill and the College’s campaign against it, please contact Chris Sanderson or Ande Mullinex at RCSEd’s Birmingham centre.


About The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

RCSEd (www.rcsed.ac.uk) was first incorporated in as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, and is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world with memberships approaching 25,000 over 100 countries worldwide. The College promotes the highest standards of surgical and dental practice through its examinations, and is also increasingly involved in the provision of surgical training and education, offering the UK’s only Faculty of Surgical Trainers, open to all those with an interest in surgical training regardless of College affiliation. RCSEd’s commercial enterprises offer conferencing and event facilities at The Playfair Building, Symposium Hall and Quincentenary Hall, and runs the Ten Hill Place Hotel.

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The College is based at Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW and can be reached on (0)131 527 1600 or mail@rcsed.ac.uk.

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