Baroness Cumberlege criticises government response to Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review

Baroness Cumberlege, who chaired the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review, has criticised the Department of Health and Social Care’s response.

Speaking at Health Service Journal (HSJ)’s Patient Safety Congress, Baroness Cumberlege announced the formation of a cross-party parliamentary group to pressure the department to implement the report’s recommendations.

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock and minister Nadine Dorries have apologised to the women who were harmed but the department has so far not responded to the report’s other eight recommendations in detail.

Baroness Cumberlege has submitted amendments to the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill which is currently at the committee stage of the House of Lords to ensure the recommendations can be implemented.

Aidan Fowler, NHS England’s National Director of Patient Safety said the NHS is “looking at the options on how we can make improvements” with the prescribing of sodium valproate, one of the medicines covered by the review, and will write to patients taking the drug.

For more information, please read the HSJ article.

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Published on 12. November 2020 in News, News UK