Gaming the system works – if you have time and the publicity / “source force”. The British public are not aware until they or their nearest/dearest get a cancer, how different the system can be in different regions. This is exactly what Aneurin Bevan’s “In Place of Fear A Free Health Service 1952 Chapter 5 In Place of Fear” was trying to avoid. In The Information Age we have created a system that rewards the assertive, determined and informed, and penalises the passive recipient. Add to that the ability to travel, or being rich enough to have a holiday home in England, or lucky enough to have relatives/friends who will help you making the Choicees and “Gaming the System”, and you could well live longer.. Just pray you don’t get cancer, then you won’t need to play.
A Gwynedd cancer patient who moved to England to get the treatment he could not receive under the Welsh NHS says his decision could mean he will soon be in remission.
Irfon Williams, 45, from Bangor, has bowel cancer which spread to his liver.
He opted to live with relatives in north west England after a bid to get treatment funded in Wales using the drug Cetuximab was rejected.
The tumours been have shrunk and will be removed in September.
He no longer has symptoms from them.
First Minister Carwyn Jones said on Monday he would meet Mr Williams to “hear what he has to say to me”.
Mr Williams told BBC Wales: “I’ve demonstrated that this has worked for me.”
“I’m having surgery in September which could lead to remission.
“I’m not out of the water yet – there’s still a long way to go – but I’m in a much better position now than I would’ve been had I not received this treatment.”
In 2014, Mr Williams was told he probably only had two-and-a-half years to live but this appears to have changed following the treatment at Manchester’s The Christie, one of Europe’s leading cancer hospitals.
It was recommended by three clinical experts treating him, and is paid for through the Cancer Drugs Fund, which does not exist in Wales……