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The consequences of replacing a wide body of case law and safeguards needs to be properly considered before Lord Saatchi’s Bill becomes law, says Laurence Vick 

19 November 2014

The Medical Innovation Bill, drafted and promoted by the former advertising magnate and Conservative peer, Maurice Saatchi, has passed the House of Lords legislation committee stage, and may be on the statute books as early as May 2015. If it becomes law, the Bill has the potential
to transform the medico-legal landscape in ways that are difficult to foresee.

The progress of the Bill has itself proved controversial. True to his skill-set, Lord Saatchi has marketed his proposal with artistry. There is a well-presented website with a rolling petition box. The @SaatchiBill Twitter account is a polished, well-managed outlet; its antagonist, @StopSaatchiBill, has only a tenth of the following. The news coverage has been comprehensive.

Inspired by the death of his wife, Josephine Hart, from ovarian cancer in 2011, Saatchi'...

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