Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review

21st February 2018

I welcome today the announcement by the Prime Minister, and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, that there will be a Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review – focussing on the pregnancy test drug Primodos, the use of vaginal mesh and the anti-epilepsy drug Sodium Valproate.

During my time as Minister of Life Sciences (between 2014-2016), I championed the need for much greater openness, as well as transparency of data and evidence, around issues such as these – and, in recent months, I have met with a number of women who have been affected to hear their stories and help as best I can.

Earlier this afternoon, I spoke in the House to share my views with the Secretary of State – and I shall be monitoring the Review’s progress very closely in the weeks and months ahead.

To see my question in the House today, do watch the video below.

Parliamentlive TV

Big Tent Ideas Festival

Politics is undergoing a tectonic shift. That’s why this year I launched the first-ever Big Tent Ideas Festival, aiming to tackle the most difficult policy challenges we face. Bringing together over a hundred thinkers across the political spectrum, we discussed new ideas on everything from Brexit to intergenerational fairness, centred around three main themes: Politics, Society and Economy.

The Big Tent Ideas Festival is part of the new Capital Ideas Foundation, and will be setting off round the country over the next twelve months as the forum for the best new ideas in public policy. Click below and join us.

Read more:


9th May 2018 We deserve more choice than the hard left of Corbyn or hard right of Farage | The Times

8th May 2018 How to fix the burning injustice that is Britain's housing market | CAPX

18th March 2018 Conservatives need to be as economically bold as Margaret ... | FT

11th January 2018 Brexit is an electrifying moment for renewing the NHS | Politico

19th December 2017 The need for a new foreign policy based on aid, trade and security | Bright Blue

25th November 2017 Tories in danger of becoming an outdated party talking to itself, says George Freeman | The Times

20th November 2017 George Freeman: We need a new Chairman and team at CCHQ to lead a radical programme of Conservative renewal | ConservativeHome

5th November 2017 Let's make science funding part of the aid budget – and help British tech save the world by George Freeman | The Telegraph

4th October 2017 Conservatives need to give people a vision they can believe in by George Freeman | The Times