NHS crisis: 'People could die while waiting for treatments', says Dr. Hilary Jones

NHS crisis: 'People could die while waiting for treatments', says Dr. Hilary Jones

One in five new drugs in the NHS could be rationed to save on costs.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Dr. Hilary Jones has warned that the Government's efforts to save costs within the National Health Service could result in patient deaths while they wait for treatments which could potentially be denied to them. 

This follows the news that one in five new NHS medicines could undergo rationing.

What this means is that patients, seeking specific drug treatments for certain conditions, will have to wait to get their medication.   

Dr. Jones, a general practicitioner and TV presenter, spoke to Paul Ross about the ongoing crisis the NHS faces.

He said: "Most NHS trusts are in financial deficits, struggling to cope with increasing A&E queues, struggling to find enough money for cancer treatments. 

"Therefore the Government is looking to save costs, and what they've suggested is a cap on new medicines coming through which cost - potentially - up to £20million a year. 

"Even if they were low cost to the individual, in total they would be rationed or denied access to people who could have to wait for up to four years for these treatments. 

"Some people could die while waiting for these treatments to become available."

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