Tories back calls for cancer drugs

David Cameron, left, with Clive Stone

David Cameron, left, with Clive Stone

First published in News

A RAFT of new cancer drugs are being turned down unnecessarily or restricted to small groups of NHS patients in England, the Tories have said.

Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley said doctors should have a more powerful role in deciding which drugs to prescribe.

It comes amid calls for more drugs to be funded on the NHS to help treatment for cancer sufferers.

Conservative leader David Cameron met campaigners for kidney cancer drugs in Witney, where he outlined a plan for a cancer drugs fund.

He said: “We have a problem in Britain that other European countries are doing better than us at giving people longer, happier lives with cancer than we are.

“In the UK today there are thousands of people who want a certain cancer drug whose doctors tell them they should have a certain cancer drug who don’t get it.

Clive Stone, 62, was diagnosed with the condition in 2007 but said he was still having to fight to receive the medication he needed.

Mr Stone, who set up Justice for Kidney Cancer Patients three years ago, said: “The gap between us and Europe is getting worse. One of the proposals we’re making is that the authorities ought to be looking at the relationship between the NHS and drugs companies.”

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Mr Stone told Mr Cameron drug companies were withdrawing trials of drugs in the UK because they were not being approved by the National Institute for Clincial Excellence.

A Department of Health spokesman said it was trying to speed up the process of Nice approval.

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7:48pm Mon 5 Apr 10

pater mcvay says...

ERR, they both made a comment, but neither said that they WILL make funds available for the Cancer drugs, another free political party advert masquerading as a news story. How many more before the election? My guess 63.
ERR, they both made a comment, but neither said that they WILL make funds available for the Cancer drugs, another free political party advert masquerading as a news story. How many more before the election? My guess 63. pater mcvay
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11:26am Sun 11 Apr 10

Darth Formby says...

Quite true pater,
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I simply do not understand how anyone with half a brain can even consider voting Tory, unless they are VERY high earners, do not have a mortgage, (as interest rates will shoot up), they are in BUPA as the NHS will be starved of funds, and have kids at private schools, (probably registered charities!), as schools will have leaking roofs again!
Despite doing a more than passable imitation of the Tories on quite a few fronts, Mr Brown has lead the world in his management of the crisis caused by Bankers. Have we all failed to remember that this problem has been caused by stupid/greedy bankers - not by government mis-management of the economy - in fact the Labour government has delivered a "predictable" economic growth pattern for 10+ years....FANTASTIC!
To all floating voters....DO NOT READ THE 'MAIL'
Quite true pater, . I simply do not understand how anyone with half a brain can even consider voting Tory, unless they are VERY high earners, do not have a mortgage, (as interest rates will shoot up), they are in BUPA as the NHS will be starved of funds, and have kids at private schools, (probably registered charities!), as schools will have leaking roofs again! Despite doing a more than passable imitation of the Tories on quite a few fronts, Mr Brown has lead the world in his management of the crisis caused by Bankers. Have we all failed to remember that this problem has been caused by stupid/greedy bankers - not by government mis-management of the economy - in fact the Labour government has delivered a "predictable" economic growth pattern for 10+ years....FANTASTIC! To all floating voters....DO NOT READ THE 'MAIL' Darth Formby
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