NHS refuses to fund advanced cancer therapy

A consultant at one of the country’s leading cancer hospitals says he is turning to charity to help pay for the treatment of patients who are being refused NHS funding for advanced radiotherapy. Dr Andrew Gaya, a consultant clinical oncologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London, said it was “appalling” that innovative radiotherapy widely used outside the UK was being systematically refused to NHS patients. Professor Pat Price, chair of Action Radiotherapy, which is campaigning for wider access to the treatment, said: “It is scandalous that hospitals are having so much trouble getting funding from NHS England for the best type of radiotherapy.Cancer patients should not have to rely on charitable handouts to get access to modern radiotherapy, which is given as standard elsewhere in Europe.”

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