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Medical Innovation Bill: Will it encourage responsible innovation and help prevent what's irresponsible? Please give us your views

This content was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government.

This site is now closed for comments.

This site closed for comment on 25 April 2014, but you can still view the proposals and read comments from others. The comments are being analysed and the government will publish a response as soon as possible.

About the bill

“Medical innovation has been vital to the dramatic rise in life expectancy of the last century. This country has a proud heritage of medical innovation from Alexander Fleming and the discovery of penicillin to Sir Peter Mansfield’s enabling of magnetic resonance imaging.”

“The Government should do whatever is needed to remove barriers that prevent innovation which can save and improve lives. We must create a climate where clinical pioneers have the freedom to make breakthroughs in treatment.”

Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health, Written Ministerial Statement, 22 November 2013

This consultation asks for your views on whether to make the Medical Innovation Bill law. The main aim of the consultation is to help us understand:

Would the draft Bill help encourage responsible medical innovation, and help prevent irresponsible innovation?

We welcome comments on the proposals from everyone with an interest – particularly doctors, patients, and legal professionals.

Read the Bill and the consultation document to get all the information you need to decide on your answers to these questions. We welcome all comments on the proposals. It’s fine to answer only some of the questions if you don’t want to answer them all.

The consultation has been split into three themes. Shortened extracts from the consultation are included here to make it easier to respond.

Please give us some information about yourself and then answer the questions you are interested in. This site, and the consultation, is open for comments until 25 April 2014.

Update from the Consultation team – 15 April 2014

The Consultation  so far (both events and written responses) has been extremely helpful in adding to our thinking.  This has raised two additional issues that you might want to consider in your consultation response.

The Consultation  so far (both events and written responses) has been extremely helpful in adding to our thinking.  This has raised two additional issues that you might want to consider in your consultation response.

  1. To enhance the safeguards in the Bill we would be interested in views on whether the Medical Innovation Bill should only apply when the case has been discussed with clinical colleagues and their recommendations taken into account.  The idea of this would be to give doctors greater confidence in advance that they had acted responsibly and thus not negligently.
  2. Is the most appropriate approach for doing this (considering issues such as timeliness and the need to not add levels of bureaucracy) to use Multi-Disciplinary Teams (MDTs) to secure this input?

Previous respondents to the consultation have already been informed of the additional issues to consider.

The Government aims to respond to the consultation as soon as possible.