Rise in admissions of Welsh cancer patients treated in England

it is probably good news that the WAG, after they have passed many bureaucratic hurdles, approves patients to be seen outside Wales. This is what used to happen routinely – for a population of 3 million people it is unreasonable to expect all services to be available given the pace of technological advance and The Information Age, where patients can find out what they might be rationed out of.. NHSreality feels that Welsh rationing is reasonable, but it is not universal with England, and therefore inequitable. We cannot have such a small unit commissioning alongside a larger unit (70 million people) without meaningful comparisons being available, and therefore we need the same health service for the expensive,  and the fearful.

BBC News reported 12th October 2015: Rise in admissions of Welsh cancer patients treated in England

The number of admissions of Welsh cancer patients to English hospitals has more than doubled in a decade, the BBC has learnt.

In March this year BBC Breakfast met cancer patient Irfon Williams, who moved to England in desperation to secure life-saving treatment unavailable to him in Wales.

Graham Satchell caught up with a now cancer free Irfon and his wife Becky back in Wales.

A former head of a Welsh health board who moved to England to access cancer treatment has died.

Mary Burrows, who was chief executive of Betsi Cadwaladr health board, moved from Colwyn Bay, Conwy county, to London to be treated at the Royal Marsden Hospital.

Earlier this year she said her consultant in Wales advised her to move because the drug she needed was not available in Wales.

Mrs Burrows had breast cancer.


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