August 18, 2008

Call Over Postcode Lottery Medical Care

THE boss of the NHS's drug approval body today called on local healthcare trusts to end Britain's postcode lottery row.

Andrew Dillon, chief executive of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), said Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) should be consistent when deciding whether to make funds available for medicines.

Mr Dillon told the BBC's Panorama, which airs on BBC1 tonight: "It shouldn't make any difference where you live.

"There ought to be a common basis for making decisions about exceptional circumstances."

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