The Senedd Cymru (Welsh Parliament) has launched a consultation on the incorporation of the UK Government’s Medicines and Medical Devices Bill into Welsh Law.
The UK Government does not preside over issues of health in Wales, and the Senedd is able to set its own policy agenda. However, the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill contains a clause that would have effect over Wales’ health policy. The Senedd announcement says:
“The provisions within the legislative competence of the Senedd are contained in Clause 16 of the Bill and confer a delegated power on the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to make regulations for a database of information in relation to medical devices to be established and managed by NHS Digital, which previously had no remit in relation to Wales”
The mechanism by which Wales seeks to confirm the incorporation of the Bill into Welsh law is a Legislative Consent Memorandum (LCM). The views of the public and stakeholders are sought:
“The Health, Social Care and Sport Committee will consider the LCM early in the autumn term and report by 22 October.
“To inform its consideration, the Committee is seeking views on the provisions in the LCM, including whether you can foresee any particular problems with establishing a database of information in relation to medical devices, as set in Clause 16 of the Bill, and if doing so would meet the stated objective of improving the safety and standards of medical devices.
“The deadline for responses is Friday 4 September. Send your views to: firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Read the Senedd announcement to find out more.