More disobedience in fortress NHS

More disobedience in fortress NHS

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The NHS is a fortress. Too big to be managed, too big to be accountable. And the unaccountable managers mismanage with impunity.

Thus we had the Daily Mail telling us that “family doctors have been ordered to ration the number of patients they send for life-saving cancer scans to save money”.

Now, as the article explains, this contradicts government policy.

The cuts are being brought in despite Government pledges to give GPs better access to cancer tests in the hope of saving 5,000 lives a year…. But it has since emerged that a quarter of Primary Care Trusts are actively discouraging GPs from sending patients for these tests.

And five Primary Care Trusts have actually banned family doctors from sending patients directly for scans. These delays will doubtless kill some people.

As usual, the Department of Health didn’t know what was going on inside the fortress it supposedly controls.

Now Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has ordered NHS chief executive David Nicholson to write to every single trust telling them they must not impose such ‘blanket restrictions’.

13% of GPs had been told to reduce the number of patients they sent for MRI and CT scans – commonly used to diagnose cancer.

Who gave these instructions in the first place? How many of them will be sacked?

Guess.

While we wait, there’s more. New research shows that thousands of patients are being denied hip and knee replacements, cataract operations and IVF as PCTs try to save money.

A survey of 300 family doctors by Pulse magazine found that many had been told to ration certain procedures not deemed urgent, which also include hernia operations and blood-testing for diabetes.

How many of those anonymous, unaccountable managers will be hauled up and sacked?

Guess. 

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11-Apr-2011 – Bowel Screening!!

11-Apr-2011 – Bowel Screening!!

Hi,

Black Humour to the fore:
I was amused today to receive an intriguing envelope in the post today which when opened contained a self help kit for Bowel Screening.

DIY Bowel Cancer Kits are a regular mailing in Wales & Monmouthshire!

You can find full details of the service at CLICK HERE

I was surprised to find that not only is this folder of, quite literally, bumf (spelt thus as it was an acronym emanating originally from Oxford, as I recall, for ‘Bum Fodder’) entirely bi lingual English and Welsh but the entire back page is dedicated to offering to mail out the entire ‘thingee’ in 15 other languages:
Information leaflets now available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Chinese (Traditional), Gujarati, Hindu, Italian, Japanese, Nepali, Polish, Portugese, Punjabi, Somalian, Turkish and Urdu.

I presume that those speaking Eirean or The Gallic – both languages spoken on these islands by the indiginous peoples do not count – it is however all too understandable that Greeks, French, German, Spanish, Dutch and various other Continental EUropeans are of no significance relative to including SELECTED Indian languages when we leave out so many that are relatively common such as Tamil or the languages of the Philipines and Thai – I was surprised to note Spaniards are excluded also!

This early screening is a great idea as one of the great keys to Cancer survival is early diagnosis and prompt treatment.

It does make me wonder that although I have now had cancer for 13 years this latest TCC (Transient Cell Carcinoma) was obvious during my bladder op in December – just look at the Cancer Diary and consider the dates!

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6-Apr-2011 – NHS Modernisation – The Boy King – Dave’s Speech!

6-Apr-2011 – NHS Modernisation – The Boy King – Dave’s Speech!

Wednesday 6 April 2011

PM’s speech on NHS Reform

The Government has today launched a “listening exercise” to hear the public’s views on NHS modernisation.

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We’re here today to talk about the NHS and its future.
What our reforms mean, why we’re doing them and how we want to involve NHS professionals in making them work.
Before we get into the detail I want to say this.
I believe passionately in the NHS.
And for me – I make no apologies about this – this is a very personal thing.
I know what it is to rely on our health service, to put the people you love in the hands of our brilliant doctors and nurses, to arrive at a hospital in the middle of the night and know there will be people there to help.
We all know why the NHS is our most precious national asset.
It’s because in this country we don’t take our credit cards along to A & E.
We don’t have the poorest dying of treatable diseases because they can’t afford medical insurance.
No. We have an institution – a precious idea – that says we are in this together.
So let me say this again: I am in politics not to take risks with the NHS, not to threaten the NHS, but to safeguard and improve the NHS.
Now to some people this might beg a question: if you love the NHS so much, why are you so determined to change it?
There are two big reasons why we need change.
The first is about how the NHS is doing today.
We enjoy healthcare in Britain that is the envy of billions around the world.
But if our NHS was performing at truly world-class levels, we could save literally hundreds more lives every week.
It’s estimated we would save an extra 5000 lives from cancer every year.
An extra 2000 lives from respiratory disease every year.
These facts alone compel us to modernise and improve our NHS.
And the second reason we need change is not about what’s happening today but what’s coming up tomorrow.
Every hour more than 25,000 people walk through the doors of a surgery or hospital to get treated and with our population ageing, those numbers are set to rise dramatically.
Already the cost of advances in treatments and medicines alone put around £600 million of extra funding pressure on the NHS every year – and those costs are set to rise too.
Taken together these pressures threaten a squeeze on NHS resources down the line.
So if we want to keep a health service that is truly free at the point of use, not just this year and next year but in the decades to come, then we have got to make the NHS more effective.
Pumping in a bit more money and sticking with the status quo just isn’t going to cut it.
So no change is not an option and this coalition has set out what we believe the change should be.
Shifting money from the back-room to the frontline.
Passing decision-making power from bureaucrats to doctors and nurses.
Giving patients more choice over where they get treated.
And already these changes are having a positive effect.
In under a year the number of managers in the NHS has fallen by 3000.
The number of doctors has increased by 2500.
Thousands of people are able to access life-saving drugs thanks to a new cancer drugs fund.
So we are making progress.
But we also recognise that there are some big questions about what we’re doing.
Doctors and nurses are asking what our plans will mean for them.
We hear that – and we want to work with you, not against you.
Now that the Health and Social Care Bill has passed through committee stage in the House of Commons, we’ve got a natural break before this legislation reaches its final stages in Parliament.
We’re taking this time to pause, listen, reflect on and improve our NHS modernisation plans.
Let me be clear: this is a genuine chance to make a difference.
Where there are good suggestions to improve the legislation, those changes will be made.
But let me be equally clear: the status quo is not OK.
Modernisation is not just a good idea to save money and build a better health service it is essential to a strong future for the NHS.
I believe passionately in the changes we have set out – but I also know we need the people who work in our NHS to get on board.
We will listen and make any necessary changes.
So this is my message to you today: let’s work together for a stronger NHS.

I just want to say sorry for copping out at times and leaving Lee and friends to cope!
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I do make a lousy patient!

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NHS Wales BUDGET 22-Oct-2009

NHS Wales BUDGET 22-Oct-2009

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FIN(3)-18-09 paper 2

Welsh Assembly Government Draft Budget 2010-11 – Evidence from Welsh NHS Finance Directors

1. Introduction

The draft budget laid before the National Assembly for Wales proposes a revenue Health and Social Services budget of £5.8bn for 2010-11. This is some £41m less than that set out in the indicative budget and represents an increase of 2.6% above the 2009-10 budget compared with the indicative budget increase of 3.3%.
Whilst it is acknowledged that this reduced uplift reflects the Welsh Assembly Government’s overall budget reduction from decisions at UK-level, it is by far the lowest increase received for many years against a backdrop of increasing non-avoidable financial pressures.
The main priority for the NHS is to maintain and improve safe, high quality citizen-focused services but this becomes increasingly challenging in the context of constrained budgets. The nationally negotiated pay settlement, increases in demand, particularly in relation to continuing NHS healthcare, costs of new drugs and technologies as well as the requirement to deliver Ministerial priorities will place enormous financial pressure on the Health Service in Wales in 2010-11.
In order to meet these challenges, it is recognised that there needs to be transformational change in the way that we deliver services. Such wholesale changes will take some time to deliver but it is important that this journey is started immediately. The opportunity to secure monies from the Invest to Save Fund is welcomed to support initiatives to deliver both increases to productivity and cash releasing savings.
The scale of the challenge, however, cannot be underestimated as savings requirements are estimated to be 5 – 6% for 2010-11. There is a concern about the pace by which the required transformational changes can be implemented and so shorter-term savings plans will also be fundamental to ensuring financial balance. This creates a dichotomy as such short-term savings may well require reductions in support staffing, infrastructure and training which makes the job of transformation in future years more difficult to achieve.

2. Service Pressures and Risks

2.1 Inflation Costs

Whilst the costs of inflation in the NHS for 2010-11 have yet to be fully assessed, a significant element is in relation to previously negotiated pay increases as part of the 3-year pay deal. This is estimated to result in an overall inflationary increase of 2.7% above current baselines.

2.2 Access 2009

The Assembly’s maximum waiting time target from referral to treatment of 26 weeks is set for delivery by December 2009.  The service has made extremely good progress towards this target but the costs of ensuring ongoing sustainability remain a risk. This is due to continuing increases in demand for services as the waiting times for treatment falls. Whilst these costs can partially be met by increased productivity, services such as orthopaedics will result in additional costs as a significant proportion of the treatment cost of hip and knee replacements is the cost of the implant itself.

2.3 Growing Elderly Population

The NHS continues to experience increased pressure and demand upon its services due to an ageing population with more elderly patients whose needs are often more complex with other co-morbidities and chronic conditions. The provision of appropriate services to meet care needs at all levels including acute, rehabilitative and community settings is a major priority for health and social services.  

2.4 Continuing NHS HealthCare

The impact of the growing number of elderly patients has led to the increased numbers of patients eligible for continuing NHS health care.  It is important that these patients receive the appropriate care in the right clinical setting.  However, as a result of the Grogan legal judgement, the impact on the Health budget is substantial. In terms of expenditure, there have been significant increases in Mental Health and Learning Disability costs where there has also been marked shifts of costs previously funded by Local Government to Health.  Whilst it is extremely difficult to forecast with absolute certainty, based on the current growth in demand and costs this will place a 2 – 3% financial pressure to Health Boards hospital and community budgets.

2.5 NICE/High Cost Drugs

Based on the published work programme of NICE and the All-Wales Medicines Strategy group, Public Health Wales have undertaken an exercise to estimate the likely impact for 2010-11. This is extremely difficult to estimate with certainty as some of the drugs to be reviewed have yet to be licensed and the likely decision by these bodies is also unknown. Nevertheless, based on best professional knowledge, the costs of new drugs in 2010-11 is estimated as a 1% cost pressure.

2.6 Policy and statutory compliance implementation

There are numerous examples of Welsh policy initiatives within the Health and Social Services Department that if unfunded will place significant additional pressures on Hospital and Community Health budgets. The most significant issues facing the NHS for 2010-11 are the costs of the standardisation of nurse uniforms and ward housekeepers. With additional legislative requirements, these could amount to an additional 0.7% pressure if unfunded from central budgets.

2.7 Other Cost Pressures

In addition to the pressures set out above, there are numerous other cost pressures that inevitably arise for which there is no additional funding source.  These have historically tended to be in the order of 1% and Health Boards and Trusts will need to make an equivalent amount of general efficiency savings in order to meet these additional costs.

2.8 Summary

As highlighted, there are numerous service and financial pressures that will impact upon the NHS Wales in 2010-11 and beyond. The scale of these is such, that they are likely to exceed the proposed growth monies available on Hospital and Community Services allocations by 5 – 6%. Whilst it is clear that there is always scope for further efficiencies and improvements, it is doubtful if the service has the ability to manage such a shortfall without serious repercussions for service delivery and the affordability of the current workforce.

3. Planned Improvements In The Use Of Resources

3.1 Continuing Cash Releasing Efficiency

During 2009-10, NHS bodies have needed to significantly increase levels of cash releasing efficiency savings to meet shortfalls from the financial settlement with most bodies needing to make savings of circa 5% if they are to deliver financial balance.  The service in response to the significant savings requirement has undertaken a full range of efficiency measures which includes improvements in procurement, utilisation of staff, reductions in the cost of temporary staff, service modernisation and the ongoing elimination of waste and duplication. Despite these efforts, due to the scale of the challenge, sizeable deficits are currently being experienced in a number NHS bodies and are largely as predicted in the response to the 2009-10 draft budget settlement. Given the numerous emerging service pressures and the proposed level of growth, the ability to achieve further annual savings of this scale will present a challenge of an unprecedented scale within NHS Wales unless there is major strategic and transformational change to the way that services are currently provided. This will undoubtedly require a considerable change for the workforce and workforce costs if a sustainable financial position is to be achieved given that 78% of NHS expenditure is on staffing.

3.2 Improvements in Productivity

Considerable attention has been given to increasing the utilisation of facilities and services to improve the speed of access for patients as well as delivering high quality care.  The delivery of the Access 2009 targets has especially led to reduced lengths of stay, increased use of day case procedures and the reduction in DNA rates at outpatient clinics.  It is recognised, however, that whilst this has created an environment to deliver increasing throughput, this additional work has also generated substantial additional costs. In order to ensure that all services benchmark with the very best performance, there now needs to be a more vigorous and fundamental change programme to make the stepped changes required.

3.3 Shared Services

The NHS has led the development of shared services in the delivery of high quality and efficient corporate services, including payroll, procurement and finance.  The establishment of the Shared Services Board to oversee the future policy direction is seen as a significant step forward in driving this agenda. The Directors of Finance wholly support the direction of travel.

3.4 Reconfiguration of Services

Health communities throughout Wales are engaged in developing and implementing plans to provide more suitable services to reflect the changing health needs of their populations and to ensure that they meet modern clinical standards. These plans will often require capital investment to facilitate the change, but more often it is redesigning clinical models which ensure that patients have the right care at the right time and place. Such an example is the model that are proposed to shift care out of hospital into community and primary care settings. Fundamentally, this also reviews the manner by which emergency care is provided within hospitals. Such changes are often not popular with the populous as there is a perceived loss of services when beds are reduced or access to hospital services reduced. There will be a challenge to balance the views of the citizen and health professionals as well as the need for bridging finance. It will therefore, take some time to implement such changes and to realise the significant benefits that should occur. These strategic changes will be reflected in the new 5 year planning requirements which will ensure a sharper focus on year on year delivery milestones to ensure the dovetailing of strategic and operational plans.  

3.5 NHS Reorganisation

The reorganisation presents significant opportunities to improve efficiencies across the whole patient pathway. It is important that key posts are now quickly filled, including the local Directors of Public Health, to ensure that appropriate skills and knowledge are in place to support robust citizen-focused decisions about the level and manner by which services should be provided in the future.

3.6 Quality focused patient care

The quality and finance agenda are closely linked as improved quality often leads to lower costs. This has been visibly demonstrated in the 1000 lives campaign. The intention is to ensure that Wales delivers world-class integrated care over the next 5 years and finance professionals welcome the opportunity to be part of this agenda.

4. Summary

The budget proposals for next financial year, pose a considerable challenge to the Health Service.  The increase in resources will not be sufficient to meet the significant challenges without further substantial transformational change and improvements in efficiency.
There is concern about whether the pace of such changes will fully meet the financial challenge in the short-term so it is likely there will be a need to make difficult choices impacting on services and workforce if the NHS is to deliver financial balance in 2010-11.
Paul Davies
Chairman, All Wales Directors of Finance
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04-Nov-2008 – BEWARE – DANGER- CAVEAT on SELF FUNDING

04-Nov-2008 – BEWARE – DANGER- CAVEAT on SELF FUNDING

2008 November 04 05:19:27 MSK
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BEWARE – DANGER- CAVEAT

 Hi,

PLEASE READ The Times article on co payment in the NHS whichcan be found at:
(If you press down Ctrl and then click on the URL it will open in another window)
http://www.kidneycancerresource.com/ind … _04-Nov-08
Or:
Talk:The Times (KC) 04-Nov-08
 
There is a huge danger here – Yes it may be great news that YOU can fund your own drugs if the NHS abrogates onm its duty and selects YOU for EUthenasia but in the hands of a Government which since Gordon Brown took over responsibility for Britain’s finances has incurred debt at the rate of £9,111 per second 24 hours a day and is personally directly responsible for Britain’s exposure to the so called credit crunch as a result of permitting Banks to buy junk paper from America as sordid self seeking gamblers.
Do remember this is the man who incurred £2TRILLION of debt which counted at £1 a second will take 63,000 years to count.

Perhaps I am a tad sceptical when the BBC under his control pays imbecillic and irresponsible foul mouthed children £16,000 a day on £18Million contracts – no wonder it is convenient to kill people as his Government’s policy rather than pay for the drugs.

I believe, based on the duplicity and corruption of our politicians and the FACT that they are paying huge amounts to N.I.C.E. & P.C.Ts. etc. to hide the Governments corruption rather than fund treatment & drugs, there is every reason to believe that They will shortly open Harold Shipman Wards in NHS Hospitals for those they intend to kill UNLESS you pay for your own drugs!

This is the thin end of a very evil wedge – don’t hold out ANY hope the opposition will speak out – Theresa May last week when picking the opposition choice for a HoC debate whilst credit collapses, unemployment spirals out of control, bankruptcys burgeon, and a currency crash tsunami is imminent chose THE most important subject the Tories could think of: ‘Did the BBC handle the Jonathan Ross affair competently’ Frankly Theresa that may be the most important event the Tories are capable of handling but frankly who gives a ****!

I support EUthenasia by choice I Totally Repudiate State Murder!

Regards,
Greg L-W.

Do by all means send copies of this to your MEP; MP; Councillors; National & Local Meeeeja over your signature or mine – they may phone me for comment on 01291 – 62 65 62

I just want to say sorry for copping out at times and leaving Lee and friends to cope!
Any help and support YOU can give her will be hugely welcome.
I do make a lousy patient!

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26-Aug-2008 – How Much DOES The Government Lie about The NHS?

26-Aug-2008 – How Much DOES The Government Lie about The NHS?

2008 August 26 03:45:14 BST
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Hi,
I do feel you might be fascinated to read the extent to which YOUR GOVERNMENT is prepared to LIE to YOU.

You will find on the Department of Health Web site the following statement for which the web address is: Click Here

[Quote] Consultation on core principles for everyone providing care to NHS patients

 
Launch date: 11 December 2006
 
Closing date: 16 March 2007
 
Creator/s: Department of Health
 
Audience: Health and social care professionals
 
Copyright holder: Crown
 
Gateway number: 7408

‘The NHS in England: the operating framework for 2007-08’ sets out for consultation a draft set of NHS principles.

All NHS and independent sector providers who sign national model NHS contracts with commissioners from April 2007 will be required to have regard to these principles once they are agreed and published. The relevant contracts will be those covering hospital care.
 

The draft principles on which we are consulting are:

1. The NHS will provide a universal and comprehensive service with equal access for all, free at the point of use, based on clinical need, not ability to pay. Healthcare is a basic human right. Unlike private systems, the NHS will not exclude anyone because of their health status or ability to pay. Access to the NHS will continue to depend upon clinical need, not ability to pay. Unless a charge has been specifically sanctioned by the NHS (e.g. for prescriptions or dental treatment), we will not charge a fee or require a co-payment from any NHS patient. We will provide appropriate care for all those referred to us, within our clinical competence. [/Quote]
The fact that it is subsequent to April 2007 indicate that these are the adopted ‘principles’ for lack of an expletive!

Let us consider the FACTS rather than the DoH sales ‘Guff’:

1. The NHS will provide a universal and comprehensive service with equal access for all,
Perhaps they would care to explain why that excludes certain groups of cancer patients and why it is felt necessary to use money from the NHS to fund the salaries of QUANGOs and more particularly the PRIVATE HEALTH CARE of those on those QUANGOs and elsewhere in the Government?
free at the point of use,
If it is FREE at the point of use/need perhaps it can be explained why Kidney Cancer patients are selected for EUthenasia and under which specific Act of Parliament the State has authorised the NHS to MURDER its patients and on what terms?

based on clinical need,

The FACT that drugs such as Sutent, Nexavar, Avastin & Torisel are the ONLY current treatment effective on ARCC & mRCC and are thus advocated by every reputable oncologist when apposite as a clinical need – the FACT that the ‘service’ has seen fit to withold these drugs is not only counter the DoH ‘principles’ but also as effective a method of EUthenasia as employing an army of Doctors in the ilk of Harold Shipman injecting drugs to kill – no doubt specialist wards will be set up named after him to commemorate his clever idea for saving money!
not ability to pay.

This is a deliberate misrepresentation on two counts – firstly it is stated that an individual CAN self fund the drugs therefore the treatment you receive IS based upon the ability to pay. Secondly this is a selective situation as many more costly treatments ARE available on the NHS and treatments for the frivolous, by comparison, are funded to a staggering degree relative to the funding required to provide these drugs to all those with a clinical need.

Healthcare is a basic human right.

Did I hear them say EXCEPT if you have Kidney Cancer – no I thought not!

Unlike private systems, the NHS will not exclude anyone because of their health status or ability to pay.
If the latest concept of EUthenasing patients on a cost convenience basis starting with those with Kidney Cancer ever comes into being this ‘principle’ has become a lie – further it equates to The Process decided upon at The Wannasee Conference under ‘The Final Solution‘ whereby it was decided to selectively exterminate certain sectors of the community based upon a slogan of ‘Arbeit Macht Frei‘ including those of certain superstitions and beliefs, DISABLED, and others – I’m not sure if those with Kidney Cancer were specified but they would by the terms of the society at the time have been considered disabled!
Access to the NHS will continue to depend upon clinical need, not ability to pay.

Pray explain this in the context of the new policies of N.I.C.E. the QUANGO behind which the Government would seem to shelter their obscene incompetence to maintain and manage what was once the envy of the world The NHS.

Unless a charge has been specifically sanctioned by the NHS (e.g. for prescriptions or dental treatment), we will not charge a fee or require a co-payment from any NHS patient.

So I presume this means that you will honour the ‘principle’ but have failed to include the statement but we will permit patients to die without treatment although it is readilly available and more than affordable from savings that can easily be made by cutting out expenditure on ‘life style’ treatments that would seem to be provided on a purely Political basis as ‘vote winners’ from large numbers rather than life saving for small numbers – to whit: Tattoo removal at a cost of upto £300,000,000 (QUOTE Baroness Gardiner, House of Lords Hansard), VIAGRA at a cost of £Millions,

One must of course remember the largely self inflicted problem of constipation due to the wrong diet on which the NHS spends more money than all cancer treatment added together – just as more is spent on the self inflicted problem of obesity than is spent on Kidney Cancer. Then consider the cumulative £Millions spent on criminal unemployed drug addicts at a cost of £12,000 per annum each for Methadone alone!
We will provide appropriate care for all those referred to us,
I was unaware that my taxes over the years not only deny me the fundamental human right to end my life if I wish but grants the State the right to end my life if THEY wish!
within our clinical competence.

The provision of Sutent, Nexavar, Avastin & Torisel are indubitably within the ‘clinical competence’ of the NHS – Perhaps the cronies on unaccountable, over paid, indemnified QUANGOs would be so good as to identify ANYWHERE in the criminal refusal of drugs and resultant killing of patients by PCTs over the last couple of years or N.I.C.E. in particular in their well engineered leak, at the hight of Olympic Publicity (and largely public indifference) whilst some 600 individuals unrelated to performing or training were in Beijing funded from the public purse when the cost of sending an MP was coincidentally almost the same as providing Sutent for a year! This of course does not include over 450 individual from the BBC funded most reluctantly by the tax payer!
August is, to quote a Government spokesman, a good time to leak bad news!

Perhaps before we hear further fatuous appologias made by spokesmen of the Government and its lakeys on QUANGOs we might hear The Minister for Health appologise both to the patients and carers who in their hour of need have taken a really good emotional kicking from the very people they pay to protect them. Then perhaps it would be wise if The Minister would appologise to the Pharmaceutical Companies for the gross and unwarrented slur cast on them by his staff both in and out of QUANGOs and fatuous idiotic spokesmen like Paul Flynn who was so very ready to pontificate on a subject on which, as is so often, he knew virtually nothing.

If The Minister and his staff are incompetent to negotiate with the Pharmaceutical Companies may I suggest they resign. I have found both Pfizer and Bayer incredibly willing to assist, negotiate and co-operate and it was patients and Oncologists who so far have negotiated the first course FREE and all the trials – whilst N.I.C.E. and the other parasites feeding off our disease funded and rewarded themselves for an achievement of shame on a budget of £30,000,000.

The Minister’s final act had he integrity would be to demand the resignation without compensation or pension and a refusal to rehire in any Government Department or QUANGO all those who have brought about this despicable situation that leavs any honourable Minister with absolutely no option but to resign his office and from politics putting his seat up for election. No man of honour could possibly continue in public office let alone public employ under the circumstances but we must remember that in a septic tank it is not only the scum that rises and I would hazard a guess that The Minister and his staff will prove it.

The great tragedy is that there are times when I am ashamed to be British albeit I’m also concerned as I have Kidney Cancer although I am in the fortunate position that AT THE MOMENT I have no need of these drugs but I am minded of Pastor Martin Neimoller who famously said:

First they came for the communists, and I did not speak out–
because I was not a communist;
Then they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out–
because I was not a socialist;
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out–
because I was not a trade unionist;
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
because I was not a Jew;
Then they came for me–
and there was no one left to speak out for me’.

We have learned little since he said this as I am sure he would have added Sutent, Nexavar, Avastin & Torisel had he been here today.

Where will YOU draw the line?

Regards,
Greg L-W.

I just want to say sorry for copping out at times and leaving Lee and friends to cope!
Any help and support YOU can give her will be hugely welcome.
I do make a lousy patient!

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Posted by: Greg Lance-Watkins
tel: 01291 – 62 65 62