New bill 'will ultimately fail the public'

The new human tissue bill threatens medical research and will ultimately fail the public, argue experts in this week's BMJ. Although the bill is necessary to regulate the use of human organs and tissues taken after death, it applies to any material that contains human cells - even urine and spit.

Using such material for research, or for staff training that's not "incidental to the diagnostic process" will be a criminal offence unless "appropriate" consent has been obtained. Possible penalties include three years in jail.

But politicians have underestimated the size of this problem, say the authors.

Across the United Kingdom, about 150 million samples from living patients are examined each year. If just one minute of staff time was taken for each sample, this would equate to 1,339 full time jobs - comparable to the entire staff of a medium sized NHS hospital. But as yet, the Government has allocated no money for this task at all.

Other problems surround tissue storage and DNA analysis, which threatens to criminalise bona fide public health research.

Possible solutions include using anonymised 'residual' tissue samples (which would otherwise be incinerated as waste) without consent or seeking 'up front' consent at the time of booking into hospital or registering with a general practitioner.

If the human tissue bill is not amended then it will ultimately fail the public, say the authors. "A requirement for consent sounds good, but unless there's a way for staff in NHS laboratories to know what patients want, it actually becomes a prohibition."

Perceived improvements in the regulation of human tissue will then come at the price of less medical research, education, and training. Those who suffer will be the very individuals the bill claims to protect.


Contact: Emma Dickinson
BMJ-British Medical Journal

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Study: Height loss screen ultimately could reduce hip fractures
2. Health phone lines hampered by publics poor understanding of the term unconscious

Post Your Comments:

(Date:9/1/2020)... NAPLES, Fla. (PRWEB) , ... September 01, 2020 ... ... and Reconstructive Surgeon with specialty fellowship training in aesthetic surgery of the face, ... Gill, MD – the only female-owned premier boutique plastic surgery and aesthetic practice ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... August 31, 2020 , ... Want to get moving, break up ... Research Foundation (CPARF) is thrilled to launch its fourth annual STEPtember campaign in the ... challenge, STEPtember meets everyone wherever they are at this moment — encouraging people to ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... August 31, 2020 , ... A Cure for Covid-19 “PTS” with Mediation & Hypnosis ... are in a state of panic, experiencing deep anxiety, immense stress, and right now are ... is timely when most people on the planet are experiencing a great degree of emotional ...
(Date:8/28/2020)... Fla. (PRWEB) , ... August 28, 2020 , ... ... Forcura’s Founder & CEO Craig Mandeville was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® ... Year program honors entrepreneurial business leaders whose ambitions deliver innovation, growth and prosperity ...
(Date:8/28/2020)... ... , ... Ziegler, a specialty investment bank, is pleased to ... a tech-enabled behavioral health and well-being solutions provider. , Synchronous Health, a ... (AI) to increase access and quality of behavioral health services, and Adventist Health, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/26/2020)... ... August 26, 2020 , ... As the U.S. struggles in ... routine for preventing the Coronavirus. Wear a mask, keep your distance, wash your hands. ... Denis Burkitt said it best in 1977, “How much better it is to prevent ...
(Date:8/26/2020)... ... , ... Hero Life Sciences announced today that it will be ... disposable face masks and N95 respirators in its manufacturing plant located in the City ... Americans are facing in trying to find quality disposable face masks during the COVID-19 ...
(Date:8/26/2020)... ... August 26, 2020 , ... NucleusHealth, ... Claude E. Hooton as President and Chief Executive Officer effective immediately. Dr. Vishal ... the company’s Board of Managers. , Mr. Hooton, a seasoned business executive, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: