Nomination of David Tredinnick for Health Committee Chair
In 2014 Mr Ellis was one of 20 MPs to nominate David Tredinnick (an outspoken advocate of alternative medicine) for the position of Chair of the Health Select Committee. It is not known if Mr Ellis subsequently voted for Mr Tredinnick, who only received nine votes in the anonymous ballot.
Medical Innovation ("Saatchi") Bill
In September 2013 Mr Ellis introduced a version of Lord Saatchi's Medical Innovation Bill to the House of Commons as a Private Members' Bill.
The contents of Mr Ellis's Bill can be read at: http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2013-14/medicalinnovationno2.html
Mr Ellis's speech introducing the bill can be read here: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201314/cmhansrd/cm130911/debtext/130911-0001.htm#13091143000002
Skeptical medical blogger Andy Lewis called the equivalent bill by Lord Saatchi a "quacks' charter" and stated "The Saatchi Bill is based on a false premise, shows no understanding of medical research and removes vital protections for patients." For more information about the problems with the Bill, see: http://www.stopthesaatchibill.co.uk/
After having withdrawn his own Bill, Mr Ellis acted as the sponsor for Lord Saatchi's bill when it entered the House of Commons.
In February 2015 Michael Ellis voted in favour of allowing mitochondrial donation, which would allow women who carried mitochondrial diseases to give birth to children who would not inherit the disease. An October 2014 briefing report by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which had been investigating the issue for three years, stated that there was no evidence to show that mitochondrial donation was unsafe. However, some religious groups had said that such procedures should not be allowed. After clearing both Houses mitochondrial donation is now legal, regulated by the HFEA.
- https://twitter.com/julianhuppert/status/481110771217469440 & https://twitter.com/julianhuppert/status/481111043796914176
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