Medical Innovation Bill ‘Designed To Solve A Problem That Doesn’t Exist’ Lawyers React As Legislation Is Presented To The House Of Lords 05.06.2014 Lawyers acting for victims of medical negligence have reiterated their concerns regarding proposed legislation drafted to protect doctors who carry out experimental treatment on patients, warning that the measures are designed to solve a problem which does not exist. The Medical Innovation Bill, proposed by Lord Saatchi as part of his campaign to improve cancer care following the death of his wife, includes measures which would mean doctors using new techniques or drugs on patients would not face prosecution or legal action if any problems arise. The proposals would see doctors made statutorily subject to the Bolam/Bolitho test – which is currently used in court to determine negligence by a medical practitioner – but would recognise that novel treatment could be ringfenced as non-negligent provided the treating doctor had obtained the support of a suitable research oversight committee at a treating unit before embarking on treatment. However, Irwin Mitchell’s Medical Law and Patients’ Rights team have long-held concerns regarding the plans, which are being presented to the House of Lords this week, and responded to the consultation to emphasise the need for careful consideration to be paid to the issue. Tags Personal Injury Medical Negligence David Body Sheffield Related articles 20.09.2017Mental Health Trust Pays Damages To Family Of Vulnerable Man Who Died In High Rise Fire 20.09.2017Landmark Legal Ruling Will Allow Doctors to Withdraw Treatment To Those Suffering Debilitating Diseases if Families Agree 20.09.2017Inquest Finds Alzheimer Suffer Died Due To Ingesting Chlorine Tablets 19.09.2017Two Women Instruct Lawyers After Being Abused By Dr Philip Schuppler 19.09.2017Specialist Public Health Lawyers Instructed After Dry Ice Cocktail Drank at The Alchemist ‘Leaves Man With Severe Stomach Burns'