IF NHS CUTS COST OF EXPENSIVE TREATMENTS, IT MAY BE DETRIMENTAL TO PATIENTS
- 20 Jan
If NHS bosses go on with plans of trying to cut the cost of expensive treatments, patients may have to go without drugs or face delays in getting new ones, according to, the BBC.
- Last year £16.8bn was spent on drugs by the NHS, up from £13bn in 2011
- Drugs that are presently assessed as being cost effective by NICE have automatic recommendations by the NHS
- With the above, the health service has 90 days to begin to offer the drugs, based on the basis of impact on an individual
- It does not take how many people who may take the drug into consideration, and therefore the total cost to the NHS
NHS England and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, who recommend the drugs the NHS uses to curb growing bills, have put plans to cut expensive bills forward.
However, patients group and the drug industry have already disapproved the plans and for more than three months, a consultation has been run.
Sir Andrew Dillion, chief executive of NICE said:
"The pace and scale of innovation require NICE and NHS England to collaborate closely to ensure patients are benefiting from faster access to the most cost-effective treatments."
This proposal by NHS bosses may mean the following:
- Only drugs that cost less than £20m a year will be paid for, of which, about a fifth of new treatments cost more
- NHS will have to speak to drug companies to reduce prices
- The health service would, in turn, be put under pressure
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