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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 September 2015

Heartless Tories chop funds for life-extending cancer drugs

Alison Hill, cancer survivor

NHS England has stopped supplying at least 17 life-extending medications from its 'Cancer Drugs Fund' to save money.

When I was being treated for cancer, I had plenty of things to worry about. Thankfully, whether the NHS would fund the drugs I needed was not one. But some cancer patients now face this terrible situation.

Medications from the Cancer Drugs Fund are usually those which aren't routinely available, but can prolong your life significantly. And NHS England is apparently negotiating with pharmaceutical companies to work out which drugs offer 'value for money'.

What a scandal in the 21st century! Instead of 'negotiating' with drug companies, the Socialist Party says we should be nationalising them.

What if these giant, super-profitable companies were part of a democratically planned economy? All the expertise built up by research workers in that industry could be made available for anyone who needs it.

Karl Claxton is a health economist at York University. He commented that the Cancer Drugs Fund has "put the interests of manufacturers ahead of patients - and it is time for the political will to be found to address the underlying problem of the price being charged for drugs."

Who can put a price on a few more months or years with your family and friends? It looks like the Tories, NHS England and pharmaceutical bosses can.

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In The Socialist 9 September 2015:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Huge support for Corbyn: now build austerity fightback

Solidarity with refugees - Defend the right to asylum

125,000 renters abused by idle parasite landlords

Heartless Tories chop funds for life-extending cancer drugs

Tories allow bosses to keep exploiting workers at below the minimum wage

Them & Us

Bromyard Community Hospital victory


International socialist news and analysis

Cuba at a crossroads

International news in brief


Socialist Party features

How students can fight debt, cuts and sell-offs

Children suffer as the cuts deepen


Workplace news and analysis

Lobby the trade union leaders this Sunday!

Nominate a fighting socialist for Unison general secretary

Most important TUC Congress for decades

Pizza express tips victory

Buses fightback works in Sheffield

Great support for bus strike

Workplace news in brief

Fight against blacklisting in Liverpool


Socialist Party comments and reviews

Film Review: Stonewall

Why I joined the Socialist Party

"NHS saved my life"


 

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