A Northampton MP will today table a bill in the House of Commons which he hopes could lead to major innovations in the treatment of cancer.
The Conservative MP for Northampton North, Michael Ellis, has joined up with Lord Maurice Saatchi to back the Medical Innovation Bill, which is designed to help doctors innovate, so they can advance medical science and find new and better treatments for diseases.
Mr Ellis said he hoped the bill would help push forward cancer treatments, some of which he said had not changed in decades.
He said: “This is to do with improving the treatment of cancer, particularly rare forms, which still kill thousands of people every year.
“It will help regulate who treats cancer so irresponsible practices are more easily regulated. But it will also make it more easy for responsible decision to be made.
“So it’s a way to help those suffering from cancer and help the NHS at the same time.”
It is hoped the bill would give doctors, patients and judges greater clarity on what is negligent and dangerous practice and what is careful and sensible innovation.
It is claimed the bill would allow doctors to deviate away from standard procedures and innovate within the protection of the law.
Those behind the bill say it would also expose doctors who acts alone in a reckless way while also encouraging innovation.