The lives of more than 5,000 cancer sufferers will be saved each year under an £800 million government drive to make England’s survival rates among the best in Europe, the Health Secretary will announce today.
What is meant is that more money will be spent in an attempt to get the UK\’s dreadful cancer survivial rates up to hte European average, in which case 5,000 lives will be saved.
The problem with the realisation of this ambition is that in many ways the NHS is deliberately set up in order to introduce waiting times: this keeps costs down, we have rationing by queue. Which is fine, as long as you know you\’re doing that. Except that cancer is possibly the main disease that you don\’t want to ration treatment by queue, given that it can and does progress from treatable to not so while people are waiting.