Medical Research

Health written question – answered on 13th September 2006.

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Photo of John Hemming John Hemming Liberal Democrat, Birmingham, Yardley 13th September 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will ensure that patients and guardians are given a right of access to research protocols for medical research in which they are involved.

Photo of Andy Burnham Andy Burnham Minister of State (Department of Health) (Delivery and Quality) 13th September 2006

Potential research participants have to make a considered choice whether to consent to participate in research. They should receive the information they need in order to weigh up the risks and benefits. Research ethics committees review carefully whether the information is adequate. It is normally presented as an information sheet summarizing the research project, with details of how potential participants can request further information if they wish. They may ask for the research protocol.

Research protocols held by public authorities would normally be disclosed on request. Some parts of research protocols may be confidential.

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