Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Two Tier Cancer Care whose fault? You’ve guessed it . . .

Cancer is not a nice disease and most people once they get it will want to try anything to try and halt its progress. This is human nature and entirely understandable. Unfortunately the Party as represented by its organ Alan Johnson (aka Postman Pat given his huge life time of knowledge of healthcare) knows best and has denied NHS treatment to anyone who tops up their treatment in the fight for life by decreeing that anyone who does this basic survival instinict which it calls co-payment is to be denied NHS treatment.

This is bad enough but what is worse is what the Party is doing to patients already receiving treatment for cancer. Not only do people suffering cancer lose economically by losing time off work (oh yes they also suffer physically but this does not cost the Party) but the Party adds insult to injury by charging patients who suffer from breast cancer almost seven times the wholesale cost of the drug Tamoxifen if they pay the prescription charge. That is right seven times the wholesale cost of a drug that these patients will need to be on for 13 prescriptions per year for 5 years if you pay the prescription charge and follow Party prescribing guidance.

So if you have breast cancer and want to pay seven times what a drug is worth you can and still get NHS treatment. Comrade Commissar Alan says he wishes to prevent a two tier health care system by banning health care “co-payments”. But has he not already created a two tier healthcare system as if you are one of the 80+ % people who do not not pay for prescriptions you are getting something for nothing while your fellow cancer suffers are being shafted by the Party?

Interestingly Gordon has decided that now patients who have cancer will at some point not have to pay for their treatment. And people with age related macular degenration can now get treatment?

Is NorthernDoc’s team cynical or is there a by election coming?

When will anyone in the Party realize that they have created a two or more tier health care system in this country as we do not have a National Health Service more of a Multi National Health service sometimes known as a Post Code lottery? You can have the Party health care system = care on the cheap or crap care, or you can try to do better and pay more but then lose all basic health care.

Clearly if you try to do better then the Party it will try to bring you down. New Labour does not try to bring people up (to the higher standards in other European countires) it tries to push you down especially when you have cancer.

Praise be to the Party and its benevolence for none of the Party will pay for private education for their children in order to better themselves in the same way that they deny NHS care for those who try to do better against the odds that cancer imposes. They are happy to allow a two tier system in education but not in health?

On behalf of cancer suffers and other people in England (but not in Scotland or Wales) who pay prescription charges of £7.10 for drugs worth less than a pound, NorthenDoc asks why?

Is it a case of all Pigs are equal but some are more equal than others?

1 comment:

Deb Acle said...

"Clearly if you try to do better then the Party it will try to bring you down. New Labour does not try to bring people up (to the higher standards in other European countires) it tries to push you down especially when you have cancer."

I think you've hit a nail on the head here: I think it was Churchill who said something along the lines of 'Socialists are the party of envy'. It seems that this NuLab lot has lived up to this estimation.

Not so incidentally, education IS affected. Independent schools are indeed being subsumed by the State and being turned into comprehensives. So that even more children can benefit from the glorious state Education-for-Dummies programme. (Note that I do not impugn teachers here. It's the system they must work in.)