NICE drugs if you can get them

! This post hasn't been updated in over a year. A lot can change in a year including my opinion and the amount of naughty words I use. There's a good chance that there's something in what's written below that someone will find objectionable. That's fine, if I tried to please everybody all of the time then I'd be a Lib Dem (remember them?) and I'm certainly not one of those. The point is, I'm not the kind of person to try and alter history in case I said something in the past that someone can use against me in the future but just remember that the person I was then isn't the person I am now nor the person I'll be in a year's time.

Three women confronted Patricia Hewitt on Wednesday at a Labour Stazi conference fringe meeting over the cancer drug Velcade being refused to English cancer sufferers.

The three women from Yorkshire are suffering from multiple myeloma, a rare bone marrow cancer, but are unable to have the only licenced treatment – Velcade – because it is not approved by NICE.  The drug is, however, available to in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland where their own national governments approve more expensive drugs because the English taxpayer is footing the bill.

When confronted over this, Hewitt said that Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland make their own decisions but we have NICE.  She went on to say that NICE is excellent and being copied all over the world.

I wonder if these three women dying from a treatable form of cancer think that NICE is good.  How about the women dying because they can’t have Herceptin or the people dying because they can’t have some bowel cancer drugs?  These people would all get life saving treatment if they didn’t live in England but because they are English they are left to die.

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