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Not this day
So the Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill now passes into law. Driven by an extraordinary two-year PR campaign on social media and a supportive newspaper partner, this all started as Lord Saatchi's Medical Innovation Bill, metamorphosed through several versions, and was resurrected under a new name by Chris Heaton-Harris, before finally clearing its last hurdle in the Lords this week. Both sides of the debate, supporters and opponents, will be claiming some measure of victory, and that is probably the best that could have been expected at this stage. But the Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Act that will shortly gain Royal Assent is a very different animal to the Bill Lord Saatchi launched back at the tail end of 2013. The most dangerous parts have been cut out. It is no longer possible for a doctor to use the Bill to protect herself if she embarks on a treatment that no other doctor would agree was a reasonable course of action, and it thankfully still remains