The Academy for Healthcare Science has responded to the consultation around the Medical Innovation Bill, expressing concerns that the current proposals exclude Healthcare Scientists from the legislation.
The Department of Health has been consulting on a draft Medical Innovation Bill designed to support innovation in the treatment and care of patients whilst protecting patients from inappropriate interventions.
The Academy’s response expressed concern that the Bill , as currently worded, concentrates on the role of doctors, and doctors alone. It also failed to recognise:
- The significant role that Healthcare Scientists play in innovation and adoption of new approaches across the care system
- The importance of a proper scientific approach to underpin any innovation
- The need to adopt a multi-professional approach to the innovation process and the governance around it
The AHCS response also contained a number of detailed suggestions about how the system to oversee appropriate innovation could work.
Read the AHCS response to the Medical Innovation Bill