Wednesday, February 22, 2006
A NATIONAL Health Service?
Last week Ann Marie Rogers (pic right), in her own words, was sentenced to death. She had requested that her local health authority pay for Herceptin medication to treat her breast cancer. They refused. She took them to court. She lost. Rogers has already undergone a breast mastectomy and chemotherapy treatments, but she was hoping that Herceptin would decrease the chances of her cancer recurring. The court ruling may potentially hurt thousands of other English women who currently receive funding for the medication. And yet, what do we hear today? If Ann Marie Rogers lived in Wales, she'd be OK. See HERE. And if she lived in Scotland she'd be OK too. See HERE. It surely renders the concept of a NATIONAL Health Service a joke. However, I am sure Ann Marie Rogers and her family will find it distinctly unfunny that their taxes are paying for Welsh and Scottish women to be given the treatment which their own country denies her. What a disgrace.