Lord Saatchi’s Medical Innovation Bill “the SaatchiBill” would help doctors innovate new treatments and cures for cancer and other diseases
” Lord Saatchi’s Medical Innovation Bill “the Saatchi Bill” will help doctors innovate new treatments and cures for cancer and other diseases.
The Medical Innovation Bill will save lives by supporting doctors who want to innovate and find new ways of treating disease.
Doctors, patients and judges will have much greater clarity as to what is negligent and dangerous practice by clinicians and what is careful and sensible innovation.
It will free your doctor to consider new treatments and ideas. But, and more importantly, it will allow the patient to demand innovative treatment.
One of the most famous examples of innovation is when Geoffrey Keynes, a doctor at Barts, refused to do what surgeons across the UK and US were doing with breast cancer – the Halsted method – whereby women with breast cancer faced a double mastectomy, and the removal of all tissue from the shoulder, to the chest wall, to ribs – anything and everything that could be removed without killing the women.
Keynes, alone, removed only the tumour and undertook radiotherapy, in combination. He was ridiculed and humiliated on a world stage. Halsted followers called it a ‘lumpectomy’ as a term of derision. Of course, today, the lumpectomy is standard procedure.
That was innovation.
Once passed, a patient, armed with the legislation, will be able to say to his or her doctor: ‘Are you trying everything? Can you do anything differently?’ The doctor will no longer need to say he or she cannot risk trying anything new. ”
Law may change so doctors can test new drugs on patients
The strength of public support for the Medical Innovation Bill (Saatchi Bill) has persuaded the Government to offer legislation along the lines of the Medical Innovation Bill, following a public consultation to start in January 2014 and report no later than May.
Allowing doctors to test innovative drugs on patients without the fear of being sued would be a “huge stride forward” in the quest to find cures for cancer
Is the “NHS ‘Masking’ Number Of Patients Dying Of Cancer Treatment”?
Lord Saatchi, who is attempting to introduce new legislation to enable doctors to carry out alternative treatments without fear of litigation, said that more than 15,000 people could be dying annually in the UK because of cancer treatments rather than the illness itself, but official figures only classify the underlying cancer as the cause of death.