NHS ‘postcode lottery’ denies Welsh nurse £70,000 treatment for rare stomach cancer because the hospital is across the border in England

Lizzie Parry in The Daily Mail reports 18th September 2014: NHS ‘postcode lottery’ denies Welsh nurse £70,000 treatment for rare stomach cancer because the hospital is across the border in England

I have warned about the frontier issues that were predicted by Aneurin Bevan in 1948 before. They are breaking up the former NHS already..

  • Beth Prout was diagnosed with cancer of the stomach lining
  • 57-year-old’s disease can only be treated at two English hospitals
  • The Christie Hospital in Manchester has agreed to provide her treatment
  • But Welsh NHS bosses have so far refused to cover £70,000 cost 
  • She said: ‘Because I live in Wales I’ve been treated as a second-class citizen’
  • NHS in Wales has now agreed to cover £1,000 cost for an assessment
  • Said they are ‘awaiting further clinical information’ before reviewing her case 

 

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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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