Medicine

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on medicine and medical research. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

DateDescription
14.10.2014Mitochondrial Donation
This note seeks to provide a summary of the role of mitochondria, mitochondrial disease and the proposed new techniques. It will also outline the investigations into these techniques that took place prior to the Government announcement; a HFEA scientific review of the safety and efficacy of methods, an ethical review of the techniques for mitochondrial replacement undertaken by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and an HFEA public consultation. The main safety and ethical considerations associated with the introduction of these techniques into clinical practice will be discussed.
25.02.2014Sources of Social Statistics: Health Services and Public Health
A guide to the key sources in health services and public health statistics, providing sources on waiting lists, hospital activity, ambulance services, primary care, health screening, social care, personnel, health expenditure and public health.
12.02.2014Regulation of herbal medicines
This note deals with regulatory changes due to the EU Directive on Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products
01.02.2013Nuclear test veterans - compensation
A group of 1,011 services veterans and civilians from the UK, Fiji and New Zealand have attempted to obtain a compensation hearing against the Ministry of Defence relating to alleged illnesses caused by exposure to radiation in nuclear weapons tests during the 1950s. However, in March 2012 the Supreme Court ruled against the Atomic Veterans' case proceeding and the Government says it has no plans to pay compensation.
18.09.2012Homeopathy and the consolidation of UK medicines legislation
In August 2012 UK medicines legislation (including for homeopathy) was consolidated through the Human Medical Regulations. The law was not changed.

Research Papers

DateDescription
27.11.2001Human Reproductive Cloning Bill (HL) (Bill 57 of 2001-02)
Human Reproductive Cloning Bill (HL) (Bill 57 of 2001/02). House of Commons Library Research Paper 01/104
05.10.1999Asbestos
Asbestos. House of Commons Library Research Paper 99/81.

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
26.07.2010Evidence check: homeopathy.
Government response. Department of Health report [Commons]
08.02.2010Evidence check: homeopathy.
Science and Technology Select Committee report [Commons]
14.12.2009Genomic medicine.
Government response. Department of Health report [Commons and Lords]
03.06.2009Genomic medicine.
Science and Technology Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
09.11.2011ANTIBIOTIC ACTION INITIATIVE
That this House notes the importance of the aims of the Antibiotic Action Initiative of the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy that is examining ways to encourage the discovery, ...
05.07.2011ALICE PYNE AND STEM CELL DONATION
That this House notes that about 1,600 patients in the UK are currently in need of a potentially life-saving stem cell transplant; commends Ulverston's Alice Pyne for raising public ...
31.03.2011INDIA - EU FREE TRADE AGREEMENT AND ITS EFFECT ON AFFORDABLE MEDICINES IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD
That this House notes that the Free Trade Agreement currently being negotiated between India and the EU is nearing finalisation; further notes that the EU is pushing for the inclusion ...
17.11.2010WITHDRAWAL OF LEGAL AID FOR EPILEPSY DRUG COURT CASE
That this House notes with regret the decision of the Legal Services Commission to withdraw funding from the claimants in the Fetal Anti-Convulsant Litigation; further notes that the ...
02.11.2010NICE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE DRUGS
That this House notes that dementia is a devastating illness which affects over 800,000 people in the UK, two-thirds of them suffering from Alzheimer's disease and with only about a ...

POST Papers

DateDescription
08.10.2014Palliative and End of Life Care
This POSTnote provides an overview of palliative care and its key components, approaches to managing and standardising care and key challenges to providing high quality care.
23.07.2014Childhood Allergy
A briefing which describes the prevalence of allergic disorders in children and the factors which contribute to the development of allergies in infancy and early childhood. It also summarises new developments in research and treatment and gives an overview of current health policy on allergy services.
22.07.2014Big Data and Public Health
This POSTnote examines the sources of data, their current and potential uses for health improvement, and the legal and practical issues raised by data use for public health or research purposes.
31.03.2014HIV Prevention in the UK
A POSTnote summarising the approach to preventing the HIV epidemic in the UK.
26.03.2014Surveillance of infectious disease
This briefing describes current surveillance efforts and examines new technological developments and their likely impacts on UK and international public health.
26.03.2014Transparency of clinical trials data
This briefing examines ways of achieving greater transparency and the issues that they raise.

Glossary

  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses