Kelly Jones asks: should we do what we can?

What risk is acceptable in medicine, when using technology?  Would you want to access risky treatments?  Should doctors face control when they are simply trying to help people?  Come along to our event on 9 November at 5.30 pm (details below) to consider these questions. 

 The Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Act 2016 was passed earlier this year, raising once more the debate surrounding the use of technology in the medical arena. It could be claimed that innovation is and always has been a key part of medical technology. As human beings, part of our innate human aspiration to thrive means that innovation will play a necessary part in our lives.

 Vaccination, chemotherapy, and anaesthetic, were all practices which, at the time of their inception, were innovative, risky, and provoked debate. It could be argued that, as autonomous and free-thinking individuals, we should be allowed to engage in treatments and research regardless of the level of risk. We should be allowed to choose the level of risk we feel is acceptable to us in our unique medical situations. On this other hand, we may ask whether there is a need for the law to act to protect individuals from potential harm in the form of innovations/innovative practises, and ask whether we need a place in the legal system to claim remedies for innovative medical actions that harm us.

 As part of the festival of social science, MMU Medical Law Team are holding an event which explores the area of medical innovation from legal, philosophical and ethical perspectives. This event is aimed at the general public, clinicians, academics and legal professionals, all of whom will have an opportunity to discuss key concepts and challenges around the introduction of the Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Act. We will discuss potential benefits, risks and harms of medical innovation, and examine in which directions we could and should move next. These issues do not just affect those in close professional proximity to the Act; developments in this area of the law can have consequences much far further reaching. Developments in science and technology and the trajectory of these developments can have impacts, which will shape the form of our future society.

 We invite you to join our discussions on this topic, and bring with you your questions, comments and voices.

 Wednesday 9th of November, 17:30

John Dalton E322

Refreshments provided.

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