Health and Social Care

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:28 pm on 16th January 2020.

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Photo of Matthew Hancock Matthew Hancock Secretary of State for Health and Social Care 12:28 pm, 16th January 2020

The medicines and medical devices Bill is designed to make it easier for hospitals to take part in trials of cutting edge medicines, including personalised medicines, and allow us to be a part of an internationally competitive licensing and regulatory regime. This is all to improve patient safety right across the board. It is not condition-specific; it is right across the board.

Fourth is patient safety reform. Here, I want to pay tribute to my predecessor, my right hon. Friend Jeremy Hunt, for his work on patient safety. The Health Service Safety Investigations Bill was introduced in the House of Lords in the previous Parliament to improve patient safety and create a learning culture across the NHS. We will bring forward those proposals.