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National cancer director responds on top-up payments

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a686 (Published 08 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a686
  1. Mike Richards, national cancer director
  1. 1Richmond House, London SW1A 2NS
  1. news{at}dh.gsi.gov.uk

    I read with interest Coombes’s article on the first BMJ lecture.1 In that lecture, Chris Ham commented on the issue of “top-up” payments for drugs not available on the NHS and the review I am undertaking on behalf of the health secretary.

    Chris is quoted as saying that “my suspicion is that Mike Richards already knows the answer.” In fact, I have a completely open mind about the recommendations, which will come out of this review in October. I am keen to hear views and evidence from all sides of the debate. I would strongly encourage anyone wishing to give their view to email the dedicated address for the review at additionaldrugsreview{at}dh.gsi.gov.uk.


    Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a686


    • Competing interests: None declared.


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