1938 poster identifying surgery, x-rays and radium as the proper treatments for cancer. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
According to the UK Telegraph, common drugs for breast, bowel, prostate, pancreatic and blood cancer will no longer be funded by the NHS following sweeping cutbacks.
Source: Thousands of cancer patients to be denied treatment –
This is a deeply worrying story showing the impact of austerity and ineffective reform measures at the NHS, the UK’s public health system.
Once upon a time, the NHS was the gold-standard for public healthcare but in recent decades, the UK’s healthcare performance has fallen behind most advanced countries, based upon international benchmarks. Sadly, it is in cancer treatment that the UK record is probably worst.
Surely, it is increasingly obvious that the UK needs to scrap the NHS and replace it with a public healthcare system based upon the world’s best practice?