The Saatchi Bill: Emancipating doctors and patients – or striking at the heart of evidence-based medicine?
This is the motion for the 2015 HealthWatch Debate on the Medical Innovation Bill proposed by Lord Saatchi. MJA members are warmly welcomed,
Where? King’s College London, Waterloo campus, Room B5, Franklin-Wilkins Building, Stamford Street, WC1E 7HZ (http://www.kcl.ac.uk/campuslife/campuses/waterloo/WaterlooCampusLocation.aspx)
When? Wednesday March 4, 2015; Doors open 18:30; Debate 19:00 – 20:15; Drinks reception 20:15
Proposing the motion: Professor Sir Mike Rawlins, chair of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, seconded by parliamentary lawyer Daniel Greenberg.
Opposing the motion: journalist and author Nick Ross, seconded by clinical negligence lawyer Nigel Poole QC
Chair: Sir Peter Bazalgette, chair of Arts Council England
Lord Maurice Saatchi was distraught and exasperated at medicine’s failure to save his wife Josephine, who died of ovarian cancer in 2011. ‘I intend to cure cancer, you see. I mean to do it. I expect to do it,’ he said. True to his ambition he launched the Medical Innovation Bill, which aims to free doctors from the threat of being sued if they try out experimental treatments. Many doctors, lawyers and patient groups disagree. The government has indicated support, but Royal Colleges and others fear it will lead to bad practice and be a quacks’ charter. The Saatchi Bill could transform the treatment we receive for good – or ill.
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