Letters Funding cancer treatments

Ethics of PCT decision making on funding cancer treatments

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a1243 (Published 11 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1243
  1. Timothy S Maughan, professor of cancer studies1,
  2. Joanne Rule, patient advocacy adviser1
  1. 1Velindre Hospital, Cardiff CF14 2TL
  1. Tim.Maughan{at}velindre-tr.wales.nhs.uk

    We recently co-chaired the Cancer Agenda 2008 meeting with leading cancer clinicians. One theme that emerged was the high level of concern about the ethics of primary care trusts’ decision making on funding cancer treatments.

    Increasingly, clinicians feel tension between their obligations to individual patients and society.1 2 They are trained to provide best care for patients but recognise that this …

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