The House of Lords have published Lord Warner’s amendment in lieu to insist on his rejected amendment 3 on the Health Service Medical Supplies Bill.
The original amendment was agreed on division during the report stage of the Bill in the Lords.
The Commons reason for rejecting the original amendment can be found here.
“The Commons disagree to Lords Amendment 3 for the following reason—
3A Because it would not always be appropriate to use the powers conferred on the Secretary of
State to control the price of medicines and other medical supplies to promote and support
the growth of the life sciences sector, and those powers cannot be exercised to ensure that
patients have access to medicines and treatments.”
Lord Warner’s amendment in lieu which alters the wording from to “have regard” to “have account” for the life sciences sector and access to medicines can be found here.
“Duty to have regard to the life sciences sector and access to new medicines and treatments
In discharging, through the provisions established or amended by this Act, its responsibility to secure best value for the National Health Service in purchasing medicines and medical supplies, the Government must have full regard to the need to—
(a) promote and support a growing life sciences sector within the United Kingdom economy; and
(b) ensure that patients have rapid clinical access to new clinically effective and cost-effective medicines and treatments approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence through their technology appraisal process.”