The threat of Malignant Melanoma: it may expose the Post Code Lottery at it’s worst

There are new drugs for Malignant Melanoma (MM), and if you get the diagnosis early, the result can be favourable. However, MM is still the diagnosis I would least like to have. The new interactive map (The environment and health atlas of England and Wales) shows the increase in incidence around the country. It does not show prevalence, which would include those who are alive with the disease…. The good news is that “Gene Therapy” is making great but expensive advances in this area. The bad news is that, in the crisis to come, your region may not be able to afford the treatments for everyone, and especially if you are elderly. You may need to be assertive, or to game the system to get choice, (Move between regions) in order to get the best care.

The Packet (Falmouth & Penryn) reports 26th April 2014: How Healthy is your post code?

The South Wales Argus reports: Wales sees big increase in skin cancer

Island Tribe reports: Southwest England burns red on malignant melanoma map

Malignant melanoma: Big rise among over-50s in Wales

Deserts Based Rationing – government support?

Age based deserts rationing: the opinion of Professor Karol Sikora. : “Doctor wants to deny elderly cancer drugs”

Elderly care demand to ‘outstrip’ family supply – The system is imploding

Covert rationing of Cancer Care for the Elderly. Dead people don’t vote, and staff are fearful. Rationing by age…

The Post Code lottery at it’s worst? 


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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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