Politicians shouldn’t play God with drugs funding

Politicians shouldn’t play God with drugs funding

Prioritising one patient group - perhaps because of the power of their advocacy - means another group will lose out, even if their case for funding is much stronger

The process by which new, innovative medicines are made available to patients through the health service is broken. It was broken by the Department of Health’s failure to plan ahead for the pipeline of new, reimbursable drugs, and by political meddling that has undermined the credibility of what should be an evidence-based, clinically validated process of priority-setting solely according to health benefit.

Superficially, this might seem like a technical squabble among civil servants and...

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