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The Effect of the Saatchi Bill on the Common Law. Who is right?
Re-blogged with permission from The Effect of the Saatchi Bill on the Common Law. Who is right? by Nigel Poole QC Will the Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill change the common law of medical negligence? It seems that the government does not believe that it would. On 29 October 2015, Dr Darren Conway, Senior Associate of Tollers Personal Injury wrote to George Freeman MP, Minister for Life Sciences, expressing concerns about both the Saatchi Bill and the Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill which largely incorporates the Saatchi Bill. Darren referred to my blog, and in particular my post on the AMTIB. He referred to Mr Freeman's statement in the House of Commons that: I want to be clear that this Bill in no way changes patients' rights to claim for negligent treatment Darren contended that the AMTIB bypasses Bolam and would change the current law to the detriment of avoidably injured patients. This was Mr Freeman's response to that part of Darren's letter, dated 16