Lords once again debated the Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill yesterday after the Commons rejected the Opposition Amendment 3 in relation to the need for the Government to have regard to the life sciences industry and implementation of NICE technology appraisals. The Government was keen to finalise the Bill but another Opposition amendment, tabled by former Health Minister, Lord Warner, was passed by 245 to 208 votes.
The successful amendment is:
Duty to take account of 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 take account of 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.””
The Bill will now return to the Commons for the amendment to be considered.