Eany, Meany, Miney, Dead

Discussion in 'The Intelligence Cell' started by Markintime, Dec 19, 2011.

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  1. It seems that it's more easy to die in certain parts of the country than in others. Not because there is something in the water, nor because there's a high incidence of pie eating nor even because you live next to a chemical factory or nuclear reactor.

    No, it all comes down to cost: If you live in the East Midlands Specialised Commissioning Group's area you aren't given access to life prolonging drugs that are readily available in other areas. Living in certain areas could mean you have a shorter life if you contract certain conditions.

    This was highlighted recently by the predicament of ex-Soldier Mark Bannister. His consultant has told him that his life could be seriously extended by the drug Avastin but it isn't available in his area. A purely arbitrary decision based on cost alone.

    Being an Ex-Soldier doesn't make him any more nor any less entitled to life prolonging drugs but it seems patently unfair that some people can get them whilst others can't based purely on where they live.

    Below is a link to a petition to get people like Mark the treatment that can prolong their life. Perhaps you would care to read the links then perhaps sign the petition. It's not much but it could be a matter of life and death for one ex-Soldier and it costs nothing to do.

    Newspaper story

    Petition: Please sign.
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  2. I thought this drug was approved by NICE?
  3. I signed it because I agree, drugs like this should not be given out based on where you live. Didn't read the article or watch the video though because I can't be arsed.
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  4. Not fully

  5. I've signed. Good luck and I hope he gets the treatment he needs.
  6. "I signed it because I agree, drugs like this should not be given out based on where you live."

    Totally agree, this needs backing by as many as possible.. rather than a postcode lottery or being rich and blameless being a factor in deciding who has a chance, and who doesn't..
  7. It is, but the bottom line is that it's up to the bean counters within the individual Health Authorities which drugs will be paid for.
  8. I'll check when I get to work. If a drug is approved by NICE it has to be paid for that's the point of NICE.
  9. That's NICE of them.
  10. signed
  11. Soggy4978

    Soggy4978 Old-Salt Book Reviewer

    Signed (well, typed at least)
  12. That reminds me of a conversation I overheard on a train a while ago. Three blokes who were obviously blood-letters were discussing a newspaper headline that claimed that breast cancer sufferers were living longer. One made the comment that the reality was that they were merely diagnosing the cancer earlier, the sufferers were still dying on the due date.

    Life's a lottery, and in many cases, the pharmeceutical companies seem to be playing the role of Camelot.