Advertising tycoon, Lord Saatchi, Chairman of the Conservative Party, will soon disclose his plans for the protection of doctors who are innovative in the treatment of cancer patients.
Lord Saatchi explained in a speech to the Royal Society of Medicine in London, how under new plans, doctors will be encouraged to be innovative within reasonable bounds.
Saatchi’s Medical Innovation Bill in was introduced to the House of Lords after his wife, novelist Josephine Hart, died due to complications caused by ovarian cancer close to two years ago.
The bill is to be a read for a second time in the House of Lords, and Lord Saatchi is inclined to show his fellow lords that the current laws regarding innovative treatments of cancer are a ‘barrier to progress’ when it comes to curing cancer. Currently, any deviation from the standard practise is very likely to produce a guilty verdict for medical negligence.
Saatchi will give another speech, this time to the House of Lords, it will include;
‘A doctor deciding how to treat a particular case starts with the knowledge that as soon as he or she moves away from existing and established standards within the profession, there is an automatic and serious risk that he or she will be found guilty of negligence if the treatment is less successful than hoped.’
Saatchi will be aiming to persuade and reassure legal and medical professionals alike, that the bill will not lead to a situation where patients will be ‘treated like mice’ or ‘lab ratted’ in anyway, and that a crucial factor of the bill is that it will only protect doctors who are not ‘reckless’ when treating patients.
Instead, Lord Saatchi will argue that the bill will allow ‘proper practise’ and decisions will be carefully considered about exactly what treatments will be deemed as innovative and not.
Approval to innovate will only be granted by a majority ruling from a panel of senior doctors. Patients will be told about any disagreements that may have occurred between doctors even if the right to innovate has been granted.
Saatchi is keen to point out that doctors who do not follow the careful and structured consideration of all the criteria and don’t follow the system, and innovate anyway, will have no protection and will be exposed as negligent. This is in comparison to those doctors who only innovate in compliance with the bill having statuary support in justifying their decisions to the health insurers, the General Medical Council and other courts.