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Thu, 11th Mar 2010 | radiosw | 823 Views.

What price a life?

My dad has learnt this week and NICE has decided to not pay for a medicine for him and 699 others across the UK that would give him at least another 2yrs against his cancer.

They say it would cost them £45k per patient. Am I being selfish or is that a small price to pay for some more life? Honest opinions sought good or bad....

                


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Thu, 11th Mar 2010
RadioSW, can't think of anything constructive to say other than sending you and your Dad my very best wishes. x
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Thu, 11th Mar 2010
Absolute torment, made worse because you must be feeling so helpless. Agree with the other comments. Take care, make the most of every day with your dad.x
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Thu, 11th Mar 2010
The reality is the decision is made by someone with an Accounting Qualification deep within the NHS structure and that person will see it as unfortunate but necessary restraint of budget. They wont be on the front line explaining it to anyone. So to an extent its not the decision maker I feel sorry for, but those passing this information on the worried patients and their families.

As an aside the sooner the better that the wider public realise that NHS Trusts are like any other business - some run very well and some run appallingly badly. Money is spent well in some areas and denied from others, whilst other aspects have millions wasted on useless concepts presided over by overpaid suits with no concept of the real job of patient care.

Hope everything goes as well as can be expected SW.
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Thu, 11th Mar 2010
Thanks Col. Thats one reason why I wanted honest opinions. I could do so much for my kids for £45k etc. but in terms of my dad its nothing.
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Thu, 11th Mar 2010
It's a very difficult one to answer SW, seeing as it's so close to home and personal to you. 45k to extend you father's life by another 2 years, to you, is obviously a small price to pay, and yet someone who is desperate for a deposit on a house to set them up for the next 50 years might not see it that way. You're not being selfish, you're speaking from the heart and it's very difficult to speak in practicalities under those circumstances. I'd be feeling exactly the same if I were in your shoes. Good luck to you and your dad.
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