Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill

Explanatory Notes

Overview of the Bill

1 The purpose of the Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill is to promote access to innovative medical treatments.

2 The Bill:

provides for the establishment of a database of innovative medical treatments, and for access to information contained in that database. The database would provide doctors with the ability to record details about innovative treatments and enable other doctors to access that information to improve the sharing of knowledge about innovations.

encourages responsible innovation by doctors in relation to the carrying out of medical treatment, by providing that a doctor is not negligent when departing from the existing range of accepted medical treatments for a condition if the decision to do so is taken responsibly, in accordance with a series of steps set out in the Bill.

Prepared 12th October 2015