More than 100 leading cancer specialists sign letter in The Times opposing Bill

Letter published in The Times

13 November 2014

Dear Editor,

Lord Saatchi says he wants to make parliament find a cure for cancer. He condemns current cancer treatment as “the endless repetition of a failed experiment”. The reason for such “abject failure” is, he believes, the law of medical negligence. His Medical Innovation Bill seeks to protect doctors who offer treatment that no responsible body of medical opinion supports and would therefore be considered negligent under the current law.

We devote our professional lives to treating patients with cancer and advancing research that contributes to finding more effective treatments for cancer. We neither want nor need Lord Saatchi’s bill. We do not believe that it will help our patients or future patients. We are dismayed that the bill is being promoted as offering hope to patients and their families when it will not make any meaningful difference to progress in treating cancer.

The law of medical negligence does not hinder our work or prevent innovation. There have been significant advances across all the modalities of cancer treatment over recent decades. There was no call for this change in the law from the medical profession. The current law already allows us to use off label drugs and to try new treatments when they are in patients’ best interests.

We are concerned that rather than promoting responsible scientific innovation in the treatment of cancer, the Medical Innovation Bill will actually encourage irresponsible experimentation producing nothing more than anecdotal “evidence”, at the potential expense of causing serious harm and suffering to patients, their families and carers. Innovation is best carried out within the discipline of controlled clinical trials, not by individual doctors acting on a whim.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Clive Peedell, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Co-chair NHS Consultants’ Association

Professor Ruth Plummer, Professor of Experimental Cancer Medicine, Director of Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre, Northern Centre for Cancer Care, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle

Professor Charles Swanton, Group Leader, Cancer Research UK London, Chair in Personalised Cancer Medicine at the University College London Cancer Institute

Prof Jonathan A Ledermann, Professor of Medical Oncology, Clinical Director, UCL Cancer Institute & Director, CR-UK & UCL Cancer Trials Centre

Professor Michael Baum, Professor Emeritus of Surgery and visiting Professor of Medical Humanities, University College London

Professor Iain McNeish, Professor of Gynaecological Oncology, Institute of Cancer Sciences, University of Glasgow

Professor John Radford, Professor of Medical Oncology, Institute of Cancer Sciences, The University of Manchester and the Christie NHS

Professor Tim Maughan, Professor of Clinical Oncology, CRUK/MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology, Gray Laboratories, University of Oxford

Professor Jeff Evans, Professor of Translational Cancer Research (Experimental Therapeutics) and Director of the Institute of Cancer Sciences, CR-UK Beatson Institute

Professor Anthony Chalmers, Professor of Clinical Oncology, University of Glasgow, Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre

Professor David Cameron, Professor of Oncology at Edinburgh University and Director of Cancer Services in NHS Lothian, Edinburgh, ECMC lead, lead for Scottish Cancer Research network

Professor Tim Meyer, Department of Oncology, UCL Cancer Institute

Professor Robert Coleman, Professor of Medical Oncology, Academic Unit of Clinical Oncology, Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield

Professor Daniel Hochhauser, UCL Cancer Institute, University College London

Professor Christian Ottensmeier, Consultant Medical Oncology, Professor in Experimental Cancer Medicine, Southampton University Hospitals and University of Southampton

Professor Matt Seymour, Professor of Gastrointestinal Cancer Medicine and Consultant Medical Oncologist, Leeds

Professor Richard Kaplan, MRC Trials Unit, University College London

Professor Richard Kennedy, Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, Queen’s University Belfast

Professor William Steward, Professor of Oncology and Co-Director of Cancer Biomarkers and Prevention Group, Department of Oncology, University of Leicester

Professor Mark Middleton, Dept of Oncology, University of Oxford

Professor Chris Twelves, Deputy Director of Cancer Research UK’s Clinical Centre, St James’s Hospital, Leeds

Professor Gary Middleton, Professor of Medical Oncology, School of Cancer Sciences, University of Birmingham

Professor Tessa Holyoake, Professor of Experimental Haematology, University of Glasgow

Professor Anne L Thomas, Professor of Cancer Therapeutics, University of Leicester

Dr Robert J Jones, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Director, Cancer Clinical Trials Unit for Scotland (CaCTUS)

Dr Corinne Fairve-Finn, Honorary Consultant Clinical Oncologist, and Reader at the University of Manchester

Dr Richard Adams , Clinical Senior Lecturer, Institute of Cancer & Genetics, Cardiff

Dr Martin Forster, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Experimental Cancer Medicine and Consultant Medical Oncologist, UCL

Dr. Richard Baird, Academic Consultant in Experimental Cancer Therapeutics, University of Cambridge, Honorary Consultant in Medical Oncology, Addenbrooke’s Hospital

Dr Alan Anthony, Senior Lecturer and Oncology Research and Innovation Lead, St James’ Hospital, Leeds

Dr Richard Wilson, Reader in Cancer Medicine, Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, Queen’s University Belfast, Clinical Director, N. Ireland Cancer Trials Centre and Network, Consultant Oncologist

Dr Rebecca Kristeleit, clinical senior lecturer and consultant medical oncologist UCL/UCLH

Dr Pippa G Corrie, Deputy Director, Cambridge Cancer Trials Centre, Consultant and Associate Lecturer in Medical Oncology, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Gerry Hanna, Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Clinical Oncology, Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, Queen’s University, Belfast

Dr Emma Dean, Honorary Consultant in Experimental Medicine and Clinical Senior Lecturer University of Manchester, Christie Hospital, Manchester

Dr Ellen Copson, Associate Professor in Medical Oncology/Honorary Consultant Southampton Oncology Centre

Dr Alastair Greystoke, Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Medical Oncology,Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre, Northern Centre for Cancer Care, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle

Dr Paul Hatfield, Consultant Clinical Oncologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Leeds Cancer Centre, St James’s Institute of Oncology

Dr Mike Bayne, Clinical Director and Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Poole Hospital Cancer Centre, Dorset

Dr Chris Baughan, Consultant in Clinical Oncology and Care Group Lead, University Hospitals Southampton NHS trust

Dr Matthew Krebs, Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Experimental Cancer Medicine, Christie Hospital, Manchester

Dr Kevin Franks, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, St James’s Institute of Oncology, Leeds Cancer Centre, St James’s University Hospital, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Matthew Hatton, Consultant Clinical Oncologist Weston Park Hospital, and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield.

Dr David Wilson, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough

Dr Eleanor Aynsley, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough

Dr Peter Dunlop, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough

Dr David Landau, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London

Dr John Frew, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Northern Centre for Cancer Care, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle

Dr Toby Talbot, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Royal Cornwall Hospitals

Dr Alison Humphreys, Consultant medical oncologist, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough

Dr. Noelle O’Rourke, Consultant and Hon Senior Lecturer in Clinical Oncology, Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre

Dr Andrew Bates, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Southampton

Dr Janine Graham, Consultant medical oncologist, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough

Dr Jonathan McAleese, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Belfast City Hospital

Dr Sophie Haney, Consultant Medical Oncologist, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough

Dr Anna Gajewska, Associate Specialist, Palliative Medicine, Oncology Directorate Poole Hospitals FT

Dr Judith Cave, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Southampton General Hospital

Dr Luke Nolan, consultant medical oncologist, University Hospital, Southampton

Dr Yvette Drew, Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Medical Oncologist, Newcastle University and Northern Centre for Cancer Care

Dr Syed Zubair, Consultant Medical Oncologist, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough

Dr Maxine Flubacher, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Poole Hospital

Dr Joe Davies, Consultant Oncologist, Dorset Cancer Centre, Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Shahid Iqbal, Clinical Oncologist, Newcastle

Dr Nick Wadd, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough

Dr Sheela Rao, Consultant Medical Oncologist, GI Unit, The Royal Marsden Foundation Trust, London

Dr Martin Eatock, Medical Director, Northern Ireland Cancer Network

Dr DebashisSarker, Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Medical Oncology

Dr Joanne Hornbuckle, Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medical Oncology, Sheffield

Dr Jon Wadsley, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Clinical Lead for Division 1 (Cancer) Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Research Network, Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield

Dr Julia McBride, Specialty Doctor Oncology, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough

Dr Simon Pledge, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield

Dr Joanne Lewis, Consultant Oncologist, Lead Neuro-science MDT and Lead Network Research CNS Tumours, Northern Centre for Cancer Care, Newcastle

Dr Rhona McMenemin, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Northern Centre for Cancer Care, Newcastle

Dr Joanne Parkinson, Associate Specialist Oncology, Poole Hospital Foundation Trust

Dr Mary Comisky, Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Northern Centre for Cancer Care, Newcastle

Dr Olly Donelly, Clinical Lecturer in Clinical Oncology, St James’s Institute of Oncology & Leeds Institute of Cancer and Pathology

Dr Rachel Cooper, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, St James’s University Hospital, Leeds

Dr David Bottomley, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, St James’ University Hospital, Leeds

Dr Fiona Roberts, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, St James’ University Hospital, Leeds

Dr Ganesh Radhakrishna, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, St James’ University Hospital, Leeds

Dr Joji Joseph, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Lead Clinician, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Katy Clarke, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, St James’ University Hospital, Leeds

Dr Chris Fosker, Consultant Clinical Oncologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer, St James’ University Hospital, Leeds

Dr Peter Dickinson, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, St James’ University Hospital, Leeds

Dr Bojidar Goranov, Oncologist, Northern Centre for Cancer Care, Newcastle

Dr Kate Sumpter, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Northern Centre for Cancer Care, Newcastle

Dr Christopher Jones, Consultant Medical Oncologist & Carcinoma of Unknown Primary Lead, Northern Centre for Cancer Care, Newcastle

Dr Caroline Lee, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Mark Teo, National Institute Health Research, Academic Clinical Lecturer in Clinical Oncology, Leeds Institute of Cancer and Pathology, St James’ University Hospital, Leeds

Dr Pooja Jain, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, St James’ University Hospital, Leeds

Dr Martin Robinson, Reader and Honorary Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Academic Unit of Clinical Oncology (Cancer Clinical Trials Centre) , Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield

Dr Niladri Ghosal, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Glan Clwyd Hospital, Rhyl

Dr Emma Dugdale, Locum Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Sir Robert Ogden Centre, Harrogate District Hospital

Dr Nicola Cresti, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Northern Centre for Cancer Care, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Nazia Mohammed, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, Glasgow

Dr Paula Mulvenna, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Chief Investigator QUARTZ Trial, Northern Centre for Cancer Care, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FT

Dr Kate Cardale, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Katie Spencer, Specialist Registrar in Clinical Oncology, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Dr Maria Marples, Consultant/Honorary Senior Lecturer in Medical Oncology, St James’s University Hospital, Leeds

Dr Vanessa Gill, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Clinical Oncology, St James’s Institute of Oncology, Leeds

Dr Michelle Kwok-Williams, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, St James’s Institute of Oncology, Leeds

Dr Emma Thomas, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, St James’s Institute of Oncology, Leeds

Dr Kathleen S. Dunn, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield

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