National cancer director responds on top-up paymentsBMJ 2008; 337 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a686 (Published 08 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a686
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.
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Competing interests: None declared.