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Norfolk PCTs To Offer Herceptin

There's joy and relief at Norfolk as surgeons at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital have been given the green signal to make available the breast// cancer drug Herceptin to women who test positive for her-2 gene. "We made the business case and submitted it to the therapeutic advisory ...

A postcode lottery still exists for cancer patients with 'exceptional circumstances'

...ted) and of these, 73% had their applications approved. However, while some pcts had approval rates of 100%, others had very high rejection rates, with three of the 27 pcts accounting for over half of all rejections. Dr Mark Saunders, one of t...

UK Suggestion for Restricted Use of Anti-AMD Drugs Draws Flak

...ued for consultation which the Department of Health will be responding to. "Macugen and Lucentis are licensed drugs and we have made it clear to pcts that they should not withhold funding for treatments because Nice guidance is not available." But shadow health minister John Baron said: "This ...

Ban on Smoking is Not a Magic Wand to Reduce Health Inequalities, UK Campaigners Warn

... Rutter is director of Fresh, a campaign funded by pcts in the north-east, which has the highest number of... The Department of Health has allocated 112m to pcts for smoking cessation services over the next two years. This includes an additional 10m for pcts based in the most disadvantaged areas. Some a...

Health Trusts Hit Hard by Dental Contract

...ort to make up this shortage, PCT may try to re allocate money from other services provided by it, such as sexual health and immunization. Most of the pcts services are projecting a shortfall in money and the new contract seems to be set to affect patient care hard. Commenting on these figures, Libe...

Drugs Policy, Turning a Blind Eye?

... patients in private hospitals. She has blamed the pcts for taking cover under the National Institute of C...nd said that Nice do not have to have approval for pcts to prescribe it. It is something that pcts are hiding behind." Earlier research had lin...

Sports Doctors too few for 2012 Olympics

...how it relates to paying for cancer drugs recommended by Nice." He said pcts should be working to help the public recognize the benefits of exercise and...as different priorities. In the same way Whitehall can't prescribe what all pcts should be doing, neither can the college in relation to sport and exercise....

Drug Denial may Leave Several Thousands Blind

...." Patients who wanted to get Macugen from their primary care trusts (PCTs) were refused, he said. "We are hearing of blanket bans on Macugen by pcts even though Andy Burnham, the Health minister, told the Commons that each case should be treated on its merits," Mr Winyard said. Macugen is als...

Patients Empowered to Force for Better Services

... control of PCTs, which comprise 80% of the NHS budget, to buy in services from hospitals, community services and GPs. This would enable the pcts to "pick and mix" the services they want to outsource so that they can take advantage of specialist skills that the private sector has such as handing...

Government Accused Of Yielding NHS To Outside Interests

... becoming a reality.' It was reported that pcts (Primary care trusts) are responsible for around 8...ever of about privatising the NHS. She said, “Some pcts have indicated that they would like to consider th...g in some management and support services. To give pcts this option, the Department of Health intends to p...
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