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.
The ministerial statement and press release expressly referred to the professional and public support that Michael Ellis MP and Lord Saatchi had received (read them here). Your support won the consultation.
As a result of all this, Michael Ellis did not propose the Second Reading of his Bill today, and the Bill in its present form will not be proceeded with this Session.
Public support has got us this far and now, as we work with the Government, a new stage of the campaign to encourage more medical innovation begins.
This direct chance for patients and their families to affect policy will stand or fall by the quality of what we say.
Now is the time to begin to consider personal experience of treatment, to think what might be made better for friends, family and loved ones through innovation.
The team are excited that we have come this far, this fast. Thank you for making it happen.
There is a long road still to travel, but we are on our way.
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