Increasing inequalities extends to unapproved treatments. Caring properly would give a better happiness dividend.

It is no surprise that inequalities, especially in health, are increasing. Wealth is health as the wealthiest are increasing their share of the world’s capital. Is their concern with investing in “unapproved” and “unproven” treatments driven by opportunism, an expression of guilt, or altruism? Who will be included and who will be excluded, and who will decide? NHSreality knows the money would be spent differently by Public Health consultants (populations), and that these people just cannot think of anything else/better to do with their wealth. What a shame when caring properly would give a better happiness dividend. They, like our politicians, won’t even realise reality when their own time comes as they will be fully cared for. It appears that, if commissioners wont’ provide in the state controlled lottery, private capital might, if you know the right people… in the post-truth world.

Gerry Mullany in The Telegraph 16th January 2017 reports World’s 8 Richest Have as Much Wealth as Bottom Half of Global Population

Clockwise from top left: Bill Gates, Amancio Ortega Gaona, Warren E. Buffett, Carlos Slim Helú, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, Lawrence J. Ellison, Michael R. Bloomberg. Credit NYT; Reuters; Reuters; Reuters; Getty; European Pressphoto Agency; Getty; AP

Alexandra Frean reports in The Times 9th January 2017 : Investors back unapproved drugs database for terminally ill

A Dutch company aiming to give doctors and their terminally ill patients access to drugs that have not won official approval has raised €10 million.

MyTomorrows seeks to benefit both patients who have run out of treatments options and drugs companies, which gain access to data and fees from selling small quantities of drugs that have passed initial tests but are not yet approved for sale or use where the patient lives. The start-up has compiled a global database of unapproved medicines and acts as a broker, helping to navigate protocols and regulations in different countries.

The problem of access to unapproved drugs was raised recently by AA Gill, the writer and restaurant critic, who died last month aged 62. In a final essay he revealed that the NHS had denied him a pioneering treatment for cancer recommended by “every oncologist in the first world” because of its cost of up to £100,000 a year.

Ronald Brus founded myTomorrows three years ago after his father developed cancer and ran out of treatment options. As the former chief executive of Crucell, a vaccine company that Johnson & Johnson bought in 2010 for $2.4 billion, Mr Brus started calling big pharmaceuticals companies to see if he could get access to drugs in development.

“I thought this is not really fair. I have the opportunity to do this because of my background, but other people do not,” he said.

So far, the company has provided hundreds of patients with access to treatments, which have been paid for by insurers. The company said that in Britain most treatments it had provided had been paid for by the NHS, with the remainder funded by private insurance.

The latest funding round is being led by the London-based Octopus Ventures, which previously has invested in Zoopla, LoveFilm, SwiftKey and Magic Pony, and EQT Ventures, a Stockholm-based fund.

MyTomorrows raised €4.5 million in 2014 in its first institutional financing.

World’s eight richest as wealthy as half humanity, Oxfam tells Davos

World’s 8 richest men are worth as much as 3.6 billion people – The Telegraph

myTomorrows – Expanding access to drugs in development

Oxfam attacking the world’s richest shows just how little they understand the global economy and poverty ·  The Sun

The rich get richer … and the poor get shorter lives, less choice, but more local care.

Cleaning up the UK Health Services, changing the culture and importing honesty..

Having a “rant” at General Practice – it’s hard for some to see the opportunity ahead. A letter in The Times reveals the same for A&E..

NHSreality wants scapegoats – and suggests the successive ministers of health (for England). Allyson Pollock might agree..

Tell Wales it isn’t working. Inequality is increasing…. better to “aspire to excellence”.

Inequality revisited.

Pre-emptive treatment is going to be possible, and if the state does not fund then it will increase inequalities… regressive taxation is pragmatic but may be divisive..

Health postcode lottery: The Mirror’s online tool shows how many years of illness you can expect – but only for those living in England….

Happy 2017: …politicians’ ‘persistent, blinkered denial’ – Say no to a post-truth health service

NHS History


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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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