The English Health Services have finally been shamed into action by Ashya Prague’s parents. Proton beam centres ‘to treat 1,500 patients a year’….

Hugh Pym reports for BBC News 9th December 2015: Proton beam centres ‘to treat 1,500 patients a year’

The English Health Services have finally been shamed into action by Ashya Prague’s parents. Without rationing it does not make sense to have no proton beam treatment centres, but with rationing it may well make sense. So we can thank a reactive government, sweating in fear of having to admit to rationing, for this decision. NHSreality has no idea if the cost effectiveness makes it worth it…. but new technologies usually come down in cost, and improve with time…. If only government could have been honest, and pro-active instead… Now it needs to be distributed evenly and fairly and without a post-code lottery. Some chance..

Following NHSreality update 29th September 2014:

Nadeem Badshah reports in The Times – NHS pays for Ashya Prague treatment! I suspect the outcome will be the same for this poor child, but meanwhile the politicians have set a precedent. If you are determined and assertive enough you can get borderline beneficial treatments….

Philippe Naughton and Graham Keeley, Madrid , report in The Times 2nd September 2014: Ashya King set to be reunited with parents after case dropped and previous articles from the same paper include:

Has medical arrogance split up this family?

Ashya parents held in custody as they fight extradition

Sick boy’s parents sought help from Czech clinic

Proton Beam Therapy – it’s covert rationing in all UK regional health services since 1990!

It was rational rationing: but it revealed the lack of Proton Beam therapy in the UK: a shame on the Health Services

UK Cancer Treatment Rationing

‘Duplicitous’ NHS backs out of treatment plan

D.C. approves proton beam cancer centers

 

 

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