Margaret Hodge MP (Labour) for Barking on the Medical Innovation Bill.
“Innovation in medicine is essential. All that can be done for a patient who faces a poor medical prognosis must be done.
“The Medical Innovation Bill addresses one of the barriers that stand in the way of innovation in the UK, the fear of litigation or disciplinary proceedings. That fear can deter doctors from innovating responsibly, particularly at a time of rising NHS litigation costs.
“The Bill will provide clarity and certainty for patients and doctors at the point of treatment, and enable doctors to innovate confidently provided they follow transparent and accountable procedures in consultation with appropriate colleagues.
“Patient safety must always come first: responsible innovation must be encouraged and quacks must be prevented from offering false hope. Labour colleagues in the House of Lords have worked with Lord Saatchi and others to ensure that the Bill strikes the right balance .
“The addition to the Bill of a requirement to share positive and negative results of innovation in a database is, in particular, a major advance in protecting patients and supporting responsible innovation.”
Margaret Hodge MP (Labour) has been the Member of Parliament for Barking since 1994.
She was the first Minister for Children in 2003 and was Minister of State for Culture and Tourism at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
On 9 June 2010 she was elected Chair of the Public Accounts Committee