This may just be the Turning Point to end our struggle for proper treatment

As reported in the Telegraph: “David Cameron today pledged that any patient with cancer should be allowed any drug licensed in the last five years, if their doctor seeks it, even if the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has ruled against its use”. Of course he will be unable to keep this pledge unless he first wins the election with a substantial majority but it still give us all hope for the future.

This is terrific news and will give thousands of patients extra time with their loved ones. Sadly it will come too late for many who have since died having been denied by both NICE and many PCTs under the callous Post Code Lottery thereby preventing clinicians from prescribing the most appropriate drugs.

As expected NICE have today responded by saying yet again that the NHS do not have a bottomless pit despite it still being in surplus some £1.4 BILLION representing an “Underspend” on patients!

Can NICE still be considered “fit for purpose” when they say they are independent (costing taxpayers £70 million pa) and yet have members of an NHS lobby group sitting on their appraisal committees?  Yes that’s right, for those that don’t know a new NHS group called the Commissioning Support Appraisals Service (CSAS), now sits on their appraisals committees at a cost of £300,000 pa from the NHS budget.  Shockingly, CSAS say they want to INFLUENCE NICE decisions in view of all the new cancer drugs in the pipeline waiting to be appraised. CSAS was commissioned by Birmingham East & North PCT whose chief executive is well known for her stance on spending money on cancer drugs. She was reported in her local paper recently for calling our drugs “DEATH DEFERRING” saying money could be better spent elsewhere, for which she apologised after an outcry from patients. I am even more concerned as it appears that she is now to be put in charge of planning End of Life Care for us all!

SO THE CHOICE IS OURS – VOTE LABOUR AND GET MORE OF THE SAME, OR VOTE CONSERVATIVE FOR THEIR PROMISE OF ACCESS TO THE BEST DRUGS FOR US AND FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS!

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