Have just watched the clip - thanks for posting it, Elinda.
I found it sickening and sadly so typical of the lengths some organisations are prepared go to to avoid doing their job.
Wouldn’t it be nice if instead they’d all had a meeting and said afterwards “there are a number of exciting new drugs around for cancer patients, how can we work together to help as many of them as possible?”
And I agree, the line about ‘babies dying’ was an extremely distateful piece of emotional blackmail. And there may be an even deeper and more unpleasant sub-text here - the implication that while babies are ‘innocent’ and deserve the best we can do for them, people with cancer may well have brought it on themselves - not eaten enough spinach in the last 5 years or had one cream puff too many back in '73 or something, should have been walking to work, or whatever.
Truffle shuffle is right - short termism is rife in the NHS as she has pointed out with the example of the cheap bowls. And there can’t be many regular users of this forum who aren’t aware of the long-term financial benefits of Portacaths versus the old fashioned lines (less, if any flushing, reduced admissions for infections, ease of use, will last for years if necessary) or plain vulnerable human veins. Just one example of where savings could be made in oncology departments if more common sense were applied.
I’m sure we could all make up our lists of procedures that the NHS carries out that are non-vital, too.
European countries do spend more on cancer drugs and treatments. A couple of the reasons they have the funds is lower staff wages (particularly GPs and consultants) and fewer of them (in France, for example, there is no such animal as a BCN), in relative as well as real terms and slick, streamlined, efficient, administration.
Ann, you’re spot on; it’s very easy indeed for an individual to set up your own petition on the Downing St website (I did one last year for lymphoedema). The key thing is getting it publicised and the internet is brilliant for that, with many cancer websites and forums available. Not to mention our personal networks of friends, family and colleagues.
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There’s this one going at the moment…worth a look