“It is a tragic indictment of modern medicine that innovation is too often jettisoned in favour of the status quo for fear of legal action. Defensive medicine is at the heart of so much clinical practice today, but the Bill – if accepted into law – would deftly excise this, leading the way for doctors to feel free to strive for medical advancement.
Dr Max Pemberton writing in the Daily Telegraph.
“At the moment, the doctor’s hands are tied – by concerns about professional reputation and potential negligence claims. That needs to change.” “It is nonsense to suggest that the culture of litigation that now exists does not have a dampening effect on doctors. It is something that hangs over them”
The Former Lord Chief Justice, former Master of the Rolls, Lord Woolf
He was the first Lord Chief Justice to be President of the Courts of England and Wales.
“At present there is a great reluctance to deviate from the accepted best clinical practice. Had we been able to obtain the particular drug formulation in the UK, it would have been far easier to convince a clinician to try the treatment – if the fear of litigation was reduced.”
Professor Ian Hampson, Reader in Viral Oncology, University of Manchester