HSSD forces terminally ill man to pay for drugs

A TERMINALLY ill man has been forced to pay thousands of pounds a month for all his medical expenses after starting on a new drug recommended by his oncologist – because the tablets are not on Guernsey’s ‘white list’.

Health and Social Services has told Roy Dashwood, 81, who has advanced kidney cancer, that he will have to pay for all his treatments, test and travel if he takes a new drug recommended by his oncologist. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 1283724)
Health and Social Services has told Roy Dashwood, 81, who has advanced kidney cancer, that he will have to pay for all his treatments, test and travel if he takes a new drug recommended by his oncologist. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 1283724)

A TERMINALLY ill man has been forced to pay thousands of pounds a month for all his medical expenses after starting on a new drug recommended by his oncologist – because the tablets are not on Guernsey’s ‘white list’.

Health and Social Services has told Roy Dashwood, 81, that he will have to pay for all his treatments, test and travel if he takes the drug.

‘HSSD has a policy in conjunction with Social Security that where a patient chooses to have treatment not supported by the department that they can only do so by going private,’ a spokesman said.

The department could not, he added, deal with a complex arrangement where part of the care was paid for by the user.

Mr Dashwood has advanced kidney cancer and was originally prescribed Panzopanib to shrink the tumour. But when it stopped working his oncologist recommended that he take a new drug, Inlyta, which is not on the States white list.

Comments for: "HSSD forces terminally ill man to pay for drugs"

Guernseyman

Sadly this is one of the consequences of cutting the budgets some forms of care simply cannot be subsidised, you can't have both.

huhuh

IS this a trial drug?

Spartacus

Nope. I gather it was approved for use earlier this year following successful clinical trials. I hope HSSD can simply add this drug to their "white list".

Common Sense

You can understand their position. They have rules, policies and procedured in place for a reason. However, if the drugs are cheaper, why don't they get Mr Dashwood to sign a disclaimer indemnifying themsleves should the drugs not work/have an adverse effect so as not to incur further cost or a lawsuit.

If the Mr Dashwood is willing to give them a go under these terms why shouldn't HSSD?

becks

With all due sympathy for your predicament but you can`t take it with you so use your money now to get yourself a little longer.

Either that or become a resident in an area in Great Britain that the NHS will treat you for free.

You are between a rock and a hard place and if I ever develop the same problems I will be in the same position. Good luck.

Rustylink

"The department could not deal with a complex arrangement where part of the care was paid for by the user."

The obvious question is could not,or would not? is this bureaucratic indifference and apparent inflexibility the way HSSD seeks to win public support for its activities?

Dani

Poor guy.

Can something not be worked out? Like he pays above what HSSD would for the cost of the prior product and related expenses so it is of no extra expense to them?

Or change the policies so there is scope for maneuver?

From his point of view his actions make sense. It would be good that the policies could support him.

pb falla

another guernsey shambles

Ray

I think PBFalla's tag line should be given honorary status as the first entry on the new Guernsey register of image rights

PLP

I agree - perhaps he can write a book? 100 Guernsey Shambles (Vol 1 - to leave room for a sequel)

Iron Knee

Reading further into the press editorial seems to suggest that no clinician has even asked HSSD to consider this drug for the white list yet!..surely that is the correct route to pursue first rather than using press freedom irresponsibly.

diabolical

absolutely ridiculous - OK, if he has to pay for this particular chemo, fine, he will pay for it but why the hell does he have to then pay for everything else??? What a stupid policy - does this make sense to anyone?? Anything to save money - well this man is having to pay the price for the huge amounts of money wasted by our States everytime they OVERSPEND on these stupid massive projects they keep taking on - not to mention that bloody £2.6 million.

pyer

Alternative headline:-

"Man chooses to pay for a different treatment"

bcb

What a stupid comment.