Lord Saatchi's Medical Innovation Bill vetoed by Liberal Democrats

4 March 2015

The Medical Innovation Bill proposed by Lord Maurice Saatchi has been vetoed by the Liberal Democrats. This bill would legislate to allow doctors to depart from the existing range of accepted medical treatments for a serious condition, assuming such a decision is taken responsibly. This would allow doctors to test new drugs and treatments on seriously ill patients without the risk of being sued.

New long-term government strategy on dementia launched

25 February 2015

Prime minister David Cameron has launched the next phase of the country’s fight against dementia with a new, long-term strategy aimed at improving care and research, and raising public awareness.

Mandatory reporting of FGM announced

24 February 2015

Crime prevention minister Lynne Featherstone has announced that front line professionals will have a mandatory duty to report cases of female genital mutilation (FGM).

Children with mental health problems receiving no help until crisis

24 February 2015

A draft report on a review, headed by an NHS England and Department of Health taskforce, has called for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in England to be prioritised to tackle the complex and severe problems they face, and said addressing these problems must become a “national ambition”.