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King’s Fund economist calls Tory Cancer Drugs plan “sleight of hand”

In Cancer Drugs, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, key indicators, Taxation, the conservatives, the labour party, The NHS on April 5, 2010 at 15:06

From the Times of London

“It’s a sleight of hand to say the least because the money isn’t there to be saved yet, so the money will have to come out of existing budgets.”

His criticism was seized on by Labour because it goes to the heart of criticisms about Mr Osborne’s plans for national insurance contributions — that they are uncosted and would threaten frontline services.

But wait a minute.  Didn’t the Tories already say they would pay for it by dropping Labour’s planned NI increase?  Besides, most potential savings are academic, right now.  A very odd argument, indeed.

Anyway, haven’t we already seen that NICE isn’t so nice, after all? Wringing hands and twittling fingers is hardly what one would call getting the job done.

Some unusual childhood cancers respond well to medicines designed for other cancers, but patients are denied the drugs on the NHS because they have not been officially approved for their specific condition.

After all, if universal health care is only available to the healthiest in our society, what’s the point in having it anyway?  On Labour’s view, British citizens are effectively participating in nationally assisted suicide.

As the shadow health secretary says, no taxation without representation:

Our view is that paying tax should be the equivalent of having comprehensive health insurance. We should not have these arbitrary exclusions on cost grounds.

Voting Labour means more debt for the country, and a stack of dead bodies courtesy of NICE and the NHS, with Gordon Brown at the hearse wheel.