The BBC Cancer Week News Special is once again perpetrating the lie that the provision of NHS medication across the UK is equal.
Alfie over at Waking Hereward has been monitoring the situation:
Today’s effort was from a special medical reporter broadcasting from a French hospital. Obviously, the French standard of cancer healthcare makes our efforts look feeble indeed. After interviewing lots of recovering patients, the hack donned his gravely concerned furrowed brow and informed a shocked UK audience that "Avastin, whilst available free to everyone in France is not available to any NHS patients in the UK because NICE have not approved it." Sorry ace medical reporter, but last time I looked, Scotland was part of the UK – I also believe they do actually have NHS patients…… and they are certainly receiving Avastin free of charge…
The full story is here - http://wakinghereward.blogspot.com/2007/05/more-lies-lies-lies-from-bbc.html