There’s a lot wrong with the English NHS but it pales into insignificance when compared to the Welsh NHS – especially when it comes to playing politics and treating cancer patients.
On the BBC this week was Irfon Williams who was refused a cancer drug because it’s not available on NHS. NICE didn’t approve it because it’s expensive. The drug cetuximab costs around £23,000 to treat a man for 8 months. Mr Williams decided to relocate his family to England so that he could get the drug through the Cancer Drugs Fund which is not available in Wales.
The guy was given two years to live but the treatment has been successful in shrinking his tumours to operative size so his future looks somewhat rosier than it did before. Is he happy? Well, no. It seems that now he’s a lot better he’s using his time to bleat about having to live in England. Well, you could have stayed in Wales and raised the £23,000 yourself couldn’t you Irfon? Or did you just want to be the richest bloke in the cemetary?
This story highlights Welsh cancer tourism to England because Irfon is far from being along in seeking treatment in England. But Wales is, of course, responsible for their health service under devolved powers and is governed by a caring sharing Labour Party so why are these people being saved by the wicked uncaring Tories? Well might you ask.
Labour naturally turn the story round to their twisted lefty thinking. They say that the Tories providing money for these drugs in England demonstrates that the Cancer Drugs Fund is a failed policy. But it’s not the policy that stopping Welsh patients from getting the treatments they need, it’s the policies of the Welsh government. As with lots of Labour propaganda, it’s never their fault and they don’t want facts interfering with a good story.
It’s hard to see how patients getting treated can be described as a ‘policy failure’ when surely the failure is that of the Welsh NHS not providing the same level of care. But if they can drive their own people across the border in fear of their lives, then it works out a lot cheaper for the Welsh doesn’t it?
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