Dying patients could be given access to untested medicines from early next year after the Government and doctors gave their backing to a bill proposed by Lord Saatchi. Jeremy Hunt, the Health secretary, has now thrown his department's weight behind the Medical Innovation Bill which will make it easier for doctors to try out new treatments on patients without the fear of being sued. The Bill – which has sharply divided the medical profession – has also received tentative backing from the General Medical Council, which earlier this year come out firmly against any change in the law, and a leading cancer charity. The legislation was proposed by Lord Saatchi, the advertising magnate, who started to campaign on the issue after his wife Josephine Hart died from ovarian cancer. Full story >>
To test something is to try using something such as a machine or a product to find out whether it works correctly or is satisfactory. • Untested describes something which has not been tested.