Saatchi Bill – Catalyst for Medical Innovation or Unnecessary Intervention?

Saatchi Bill – Catalyst for Medical Innovation or Unnecessary Intervention?

 

There is much debate amongst lawyers, doctors and patients on the Medical Innovation Bill, otherwise known as the “Saatchi Bill”. Put forward by Conservative peer and advertising executive Lord Saatchi, the Bill aims to encourage “Responsible Innovation” in medicine.

 

Lord Saatchi argues the law, at present, acts as an impediment to doctors experimenting with cutting edge medicines and procedures for…

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NHS Choices: Media reports on NICE kidney care guidelines “a stick to beat the NHS with”

NHS Choices: Media reports on NICE kidney care guidelines “a stick to beat the NHS with”

Much has been written in the news this week about apparently preventable kidney problems, following claims by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) which said that tens of thousands of cases of AKI could be prevented each year by simple steps such as ensuring patients stay hydrated and reviewing their medication.

 

Indeed, the resulting media onslaught was a text-book case of the need for skepticism…

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NHS: £30m on new radiotherapy machines yet payoffs cause controversy

NHS: £30m on new radiotherapy machines yet payoffs cause controversy

The latest NHS news continues to be a source of political wrangling, if not pantomime, with Labour blasting the £1.4bn said to have been spent on NHS payoffs in the latest reorganisation of the healthcare system in the UK.

 

According to OnMedica, a website for doctors, Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham has accused ministers of wasting £1.4bn of NHS funding on a reported 32,000 redundancy payoffs over the…

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Medical Negligence Tuesday round up

Medical Negligence Tuesday round up

Lawyers launch 79 negligence cases against NHS Trust
The BBC has revealed that there are 79 cases of clinical negligence potentially being brought against hospitals within the East Lancashire NHS Trust.

The cases are being examined by solicitors currently investigating claims against Mid-Staffordshire hospitals.

According to the law firms concerned, the type of issues being investigated are around patients not being given enough food and drink, being left in soiled…

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Controversy over cardiac health provision for children

Controversy over cardiac health provision for children

Surgeons who carry out cardiac operations on babies have to operate on hearts which are hardly bigger than a walnut. But despite the intricacy of this type of operation, figures released by the British Heart Foundation this week have revealed an 83 per cent drop in the number of children dying from congenital heart disease over the last three decades – thanks to the NHS.

 

All too often,…

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