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NHS cancer drug review needed

Published on 16/03/2010
Experts have called for a radical review of cancer drug provision in the UK to bring it in line with European practice.

A new study from the Rarer Cancers Forum revealed that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has rejected treatments which could have benefitted up to 16,000 patients.

Professor Karol Sikora, medical director of CancerPartnersUK, expressed her concern that more than 6,000 hours of consultants' time is spent filling in forms dealing with the issue each year.

She said: "This report highlights the sorry plight of many cancer patients caused by excess bureaucracy in the decision-making process surrounding access to high-cost cancer drugs.

"Although there has been some improvement in availability it's still clearly a case of 'if you don't ask you don't get'."

Statistics show that more than one in four people ultimately die from cancer. It accounts for 30 per cent of all deaths in males and 25 per cent in females.

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