Cancer charity hi-lights treatment post code lottery!

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The patient they discussed needed Sirtex.  He lived in Northamptonshire but the drug wasn't on their "fast track list" of approved medication.  He was being treated in Cambridgeshire and there the drug was on the list and was routinely prescribed.

The Cancer Drugs Fund applies only in England.  It was set up to make it easier for patients to get access to drugs not yet approved on the NHS. 

It's not a central fund applying across the country but regionally. There appears to be a north/south divide, with patients in the north getting the treatment they need and 100% of their allotted money being spent by health authorities, whereas in the south west only 25% was spent.

How can this be fair?  How can two patients be treated for the same disease at the same unit and not be prescribed the same drugs?

Claire Howard is a Partner in the Personal Injury team.

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