Virtual public meeting on redress

On Wednesday 26th January from 10:30-12:00, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for First Do No Harm (APPG FDNH) will hold a virtual public meeting on the topic of redress schemes for those who have suffered avoidable harm linked to pelvic mesh, sodium valproate and Primodos.

This meeting will be an opportunity to hear from representatives of various patient groups about what victims need and what they are missing from current support mechanisms. Officers and members of the APPG FDNH will also provide an update on the Health and Care Bill, which will have passed through Committee in the House of Lords earlier that month.

The meeting will be Chaired by Baroness Cumberlege (Co-Chair, APPG FDNH), who will be joined on a virtual panel by representatives of the following patient groups, as well as Officers and members of the APPG FDNH:

  • Sling the Mesh
  • Organisation for Anti-Convulsant Syndrome (OACS)
  • Association for Children Damaged by Hormone Pregnancy Tests (ACDHPT)
  • Independent Fetal Anti-Convulsant Trust (IN-FACT)

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

Those interested in attending are welcome to express their interest by emailing the APPG FDNH Secretariat via fdnh@luther.co.uk.

Update following Annual General Meeting

On Friday 22nd October 2021, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for First Do No Harm met to hold its Annual General Meeting (AGM). As well as re-electing parliamentarians to officer positions – including Baroness Cumberlege and the Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP as co-Chairs – the Group reviewed progress to date and agreed plans for the coming months.

Review of recent activity

At the meeting, the Group looked back on a successful year for the APPG, which included:

  • Further raising the profile of the effects of the campaigns (pelvic mesh, sodium valproate and Primodos) in Parliament – including the scheduling of a Commons debate to coincide with the 1st anniversary of the publication of First Do No Harm, in which over 20 MPs participated.
  • Raising the profile in the media, with appearances on and mentions in R4’s Today ProgrammeSky News, BBC News The Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph and the Independent.
  • Holding four external events that welcomed, in total, over 300 attendees – including one in collaboration with the British Medical Journal

The Group also discussed recent conversations with NHS England and the MHRA, in particular with the NHSE Medical Director on sodium valproate and pelvic mesh, as well as with the Scottish Government.

Plans for 2022

The Group discussed its plans for the coming months, which will include:

  • Tabling amendments to the Health and Care Bill that seek to provide redress for affected individuals and their families.
  • In anticipation of the appointment of the Patient Safety Commissioner in the New Year, bringing together other commissioners (such as Domestic Violence, Victims etc.) to share their experiences and help inform the selection process.
  • Meeting the Minister for Patient Safety. We have requested the new Minister for Patient Safety, Maria Caulfield MP, attends a meeting of the APPG to update it on the implementation of First Do No Harm.
  • Ensuring the continued engagement of patient groups and affected individuals, following the conclusion of the work of the Patient Reference Group.

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.

Meeting with the Minister for Patient Safety

On 26th January at 10:30am, the Minister for Patient Safety, Nadine Dorries MP will attend a virtual meeting of the APPG for First Do No Harm to provide an update on the Government’s thinking regarding the Review’s recommendations, further to the written statement released by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) earlier this week.

The Minister will make an introductory statement before participating in a Q&A with Baroness Cumberlege, the Group’s officers and other parliamentarians. Patient campaigners and other interested parties are welcome to attend the meeting and to participate in the Q&A.

To register interest in attending the meeting which will be held on Zoom please contact the Group’s Secretariat at Luther Pendragon via fdnh@luther.co.uk.