Feedback on the Bill to date has already led to excellent suggestions – such as an open database of innovation, to be developed and hosted by Oxford University.
We look forward to the Government amendments.
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Limehouse, Labour): To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the written statement of 22 November 2014, Official Report, column 65WS, on the Medical Innovation (No. 2) Bill, when he plans to bring forward legislative proposals to remove barriers to medical innovation, along the lines set out in that statement.
Daniel Poulter (The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health; Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, Conservative)
My noble Friend Lord Saatchi has reintroduced the Medical Innovation Bill in the current parliamentary session as a private peer’s Bill, which had its second reading on 27 June. The Government is supportive of the principles of this Bill, but believes it is necessary to amend the Bill to ensure it does not:
put patients at risk;
deter good and responsible innovation;
place an undue bureaucratic burden on the national health service; or
expose doctors to a risk of additional liabilities.
The Bill will proceed through Parliament in the usual way.
Daniel Poulter spoke to the BBC about the Medical Innovation Bill on January 16th 2013.