Proton beam therapy arrives in the UK.

BBC News rightly reports some good news. The shaming of the health services by the case of Ashya King is recorded in the posts below. Ironic that Wales has the first UK Proton Beam therapy, but I suspect a lot of political machinations were done to get an edge over England… It has taken 27 years since the first Proton Beam therapy in 1990…

UK’s first proton beam machine arrives at Newport clinic

UK to get first proton therapy centre after Ashya King’s plight raised awareness of vital cancer treatment – The Telegraph 20th May 2017

Patrick Hill in the Mirror today: You’re still failing him: Parents say brain cancer survivor Ashya King is being refused vital treatment by the NHS – Plight of boy, 8, hit the headlines when his mum Naghmeh and dad Brett took him from a hospital without consent to get pioneering treatment abroad

In 2014 Joan Smith gave a balanced account of the case for the Independent: Ashya King: This story isn’t quite what it seems – The five-year-old isn’t dying – but nor is he getting the urgent treatment he needs, despite Jeremy Hunt’s extraordinary offer

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Crisis – what crisis?

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

D.C. approves proton beam cancer centers

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’….

I told you I was ill. Playing a short and irresponsible game: Ignoring the long term, and best advice, comes naturally to Politicians on both Health and the Environment….

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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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