Government support for Saatchi Bill
The Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP, has pledged his support for a new law permitting terminal patients treatment with untested medicines. The Medical Innovation Bill, also known as the Saatchi Bill, is due to be debated in Parliament next week and could well see a significant improvement in patient care and advancement in treatments for rarer cancers, such as brain tumours.
The Saatchi Bill, the brainchild of Lord Maurice Saatchi, will provide legal protection for clinicians offering new or different options where existing treatments have failed. By removing the fear of being sued from doctors, it is thought that many patients could bypass lengthy or non-existent clinical trials and allow for a more flexible and effective series of treatments for previously fatal diseases. Lord Saatchi launched his campaign earlier this year and has won over many initial critics, including Mr Hunt and the Department of Health.
We believe that this new law is a positive step for all patients with brain tumours as it allows for greater patient choice, as well as for an increase in trials and research into this terrible disease. We are calling on Parliament to approve the Bill.