Linda O\’Boyle

A woman dying of cancer was denied free National Health Service treatment in her final months because she had paid privately for a drug to try to prolong her life.

Linda O’Boyle was told that as she had paid for private treatment she was banned from free NHS care.

She is believed to have been the first patient to die after fighting for the right to top up NHS treatment with a privately purchased cancer medicine that the health service refused to provide.

Our Glorious NHS, the Wonder of the World it is.

Far better that you should die rather than treatment should be unequal.

Truly, the equality of the grave.

8 thoughts on “Linda O\’Boyle”

  1. It’s worse than that. You can buy private medical services while being treated by the NHS, but only if they won’t work. Thus, you are actually encouraged in some parts of the NHS to try CAM offerings like aromatherapy and homoeopathy, and you’ll have to pay privately. The ban only applies to effective treatments.

  2. God has turned His face from England. Unfortunately, many are too stiff-necked to ask for His mercy.
    It only took four or five hundred years for Him to abandon you after you abandoned Him.

  3. “It only took four or five hundred years for Him to abandon you after you abandoned Him.”

    You couldn’t put a word in about some smiting, could you? Preferably at cabinet level, but any minister is good too.

  4. There was a furore up here over what seemed like a win-win deal whereby RBS donated a scanner to one of the hospitals in Edinburgh, on condition that RBS employees would use it 25% of the time – lots of stuff appeared about undermining the principles of the NHS, etc.

    Mind you, what you get from the NHS can be wildly variable. I waited six months for my last appointment with a neurologist, who then prescribed me a drug which would have turned me into a vegetable. No thanks.

  5. Bill for gods sake can you stop sticking in random comments about your made up mate and your child abusing church.

  6. I reckon she would have had a good case against the NHS trust. To refuse treatment which is approved by the trust, on non-clinical grounds, sounds like medical malpractice to me.

    What galls me is the way they withheld her treatment that a health tourist would probably have received free of charge.

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