And an apparently very effective and non-invasive prostate cancer treatment will now not be available.
A life-saving treatment will be denied to tens of thousands of victims of Britain's most common male cancer after a U-turn by the NHS rationing body.
The groundbreaking ultrasound therapy has been shown to kill nine out of 10 prostate tumours, and five years after treatment, 80 per cent of patients show no sign of the cancer recurring.
Compared with surgery or conventional radiotherapy treatment, it is not invasive and is far less likely to lead to devastating side effects such as impotence or incontinence.
The UK's most prevalent cancer among men, prostate cancer kills 10,000 a year, with 35,000 more cases diagnosed annually. A third of men over 50 contract it.
Primary care trusts have so far been slow to foot the bill for the treatment, which is one-off but costs about £13,000.
This amount compares with £3,000 for radiotherapy, which takes six weeks, and £5,000 for surgery.
It is understood that Nice, which has refused to comment on its new guidelines, will rule that there is insufficient evidence to prove that Hifu has long-term value.
The U-turn comes despite the research published last month in the European Journal of Urology which found that eight out of 10 men were healthy five years after being treated with Hifu.
Fucking brilliant, eh? Measures to combat male cancers are appallingly funded in general; although there are, for instance, regular cancer screenings for women—indeed, smear tests and breast checks are positively encouraged—there are, in general, few such programmes for men.
Indeed, information in general is far less easy to come by: any of you guys out there know what symptoms you should be looking for in regards to testicular or prostate cancer? And have you seen loads of people wearing natty pink ribbons for Prostate Cancer Awareness Week?
The real problem, as Timmy points out, is the way in which the NHS works.
You get what you’re given in a Stalinist system, not what you might want nor what might actually be good for you.
Of course, if you think that this is a bot shit, you could either take out private medical insurance (my near top-of-the-range package currently costs £46.79 per month, although that will increase with age) or you could scrape together £13,000 yourself (sell those shares, increase your mortgage, take out a loan, whatever); after all, what can possibly be more important than your life?
But you had better get rather more than £13,000, because you are going to have to pay for everything.
A WOMAN will be denied free National Health Service treatment for breast cancer if she seeks to improve her chances by paying privately for an additional drug.
Colette Mills, a former nurse, has been told that if she attempts to top up her treatment privately, she will have to foot the entire £10,000 bill for her drugs and care. The bizarre threat stems from the refusal by the government to let patients pay for additional drugs that are not prescribed on the NHS.
Ministers say it is unfair on patients who cannot afford such top-up drugs and that it will create a two-tier NHS. It is thought thousands of patients suffer as a result of the policy.
The Department of Health said: “Co-payments would risk creating a two-tier health service and be in direct contravention with the principles and values of the NHS.”
Thousands of patients suffer? Thousands of patients suffer? Don't you mean that thousands of patients die (I think that we might as well use the plain words here), sacrificed on the alter of equality? Truly, we are ruled by a fine body of people, are we not?
I think that Ministers should be congratulated on defending their principles to the death, don't you? Sure, it's other people's fucking deaths but—hey!—they're only fucking proles, after all.
Again, as Timmy says, this is the ethos of the NHS laid out for all to see.
Better that she die rather than use her own money to live: equality is all.
You've got to love the state-run NHS, eh? It's so good to see that the fucking politicos who are in charge of the entire system have got their priorities right: the political ideal of equality is far more important than actually saving lives.
What a bunch of fucks.