APIL Expresses Concerns Over Medical Innovation Bill
Posted: May 9, 2014
Posted in: Medical Negligence
The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) has questioned the need for a new bill that seeks to reduce the risks of clinical negligence claims in England & Wales by prescribing when medical innovation is appropriate and responsible.
The draft Medical Innovation Bill aims to clarify when a doctor can make a decision to provide treatment that departs from established treatments in the absence of a body of supporting medical opinion without being negligent.
However, the APIL warns that with any policy change comes unintended consequences and proposes education rather than legislation. In a recent blog post, it proposes a debate on whether sufficient innovation is allowed under current ethical guidelines and standards in the medical profession. It also asks whether the speed of research could be improved, provided patients are adequately protected.
A consultation on the Bill recently closed, with a UK Government response expected in the coming months.
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