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Cancer 'lottery' anger

14th August 2007

A terminal cancer sufferer has criticised North Yorkshire and York Primary Care Trust over what is says is a postcode lottery over the supply of drugs.

John McNamara, 47, from Harrogate, has been refused Velcade for his bone marrow cancer, as the PCT will not pay for it but he claims that other patients in the same Leeds hospital are getting the drug, because they live in a different area. The PCT declined to comment on the individual case but says it has to take national advice on clinical benefits and cost effectiveness of different treatments.

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