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.