Joint meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for First Do No Harm and the British Medical Journal 21.05.21

The All-Party Parliamentary Group for First Do No Harm and the British Medical Journal (BMJ) held a virtual public meeting on the topic of establishing a register of financial and non-pecuniary interests for doctors, as recommended in the report of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review, First Do No Harm. To view a recording of the session below or please click here.

A note of the meeting is available here

Joint meeting on establishing a register of financial and non-pecuniary interests for doctors

On Friday 21st May from 10:00-11:30, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for First Do No Harm and the British Medical Journal (BMJ) will hold a virtual public meeting on the topic of establishing a register of financial and non-pecuniary interests for doctors, as recommended in the report of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review, First Do No Harm.

The meeting will be co-Chaired by Baroness Cumberlege (Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for First Do No Harm) and Fiona Godlee (Editor in Chief, BMJ), who will restate the case for the introduction of a register and review where progress has been made. They will be joined on a virtual panel by:

  • Margaret McCartney – general practitioner, freelance writer and broadcaster
  • Kath Sansom – Sling the Mesh
  • Neil Mortensen, President, Royal College of Surgeons
  • Professor Colin Melville, Medical Director and Director, Education and Standards, General Medical Council
  • Officers of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for First Do No Harm

Attendees will have the opportunity to put forward questions during the meeting and are invited to follow the event on social media by using #RegisterofInterests and #FirstDoNoHarm.

Those interested in attending are welcome to express their interest by emailing the Secretariat of the All Party Parliamentary Group for First Do No Harm via fdnh@luther.co.uk.

Patient Safety Commissioner for England – an update

The role and powers of the Patient Safety Commissioner are now in law, contained in the Medicines and Medical Devices Act 2021.  The government agreed to include this in the Act following pressure from Baroness Cumberlege, Co-Chair of the First Do No Harm All-Party Parliamentary Group, and a range of other parliamentarians of all parties.

Further legislation is now required to set out all the details of how the Patient Safety Commissioner will operate – staffing arrangements, budgets, office accommodation and the appointment process for the Commissioner herself or himself. This is known as secondary legislation, and it takes the form of regulations or statutory instruments.  This type of legislation is prepared by the government and is subject to approval by both the House of Commons and House of Lords before it can become law. 

The Department of Health & Social Care expects soon (likely in May 2021) to launch a public consultation on the matters that will be contained in the secondary legislation.  After the consultation has concluded, and comments received have been considered, the process to appoint the Commissioner will begin.  We do not yet know when the appointment will be made, but we hope it will be before the end of 2021.

The Department of Health & Social Care is keen to encourage anyone with an interest to respond to the consultation.  We will post details of how to do so as soon as they are available, and we will provide further updates of progress towards appointing the Commissioner here on our website.