PATIENTS with rare cancers are being left to die due to a postcode lottery over who gets access to drugs, research out today suggests.
A study from the Rarer Cancers Forum found wide variations across England’s 152 primary care trusts (PCTs) in the number of patients granted access to medicines.
It revealed that 100% of applications from patients were rejected in some areas of the country, but in other areas every single one was approved.
In Kirklees, 26 people lodged applications and every one was approved.
A total of 96% of patients living in Mid Essex had their requests approved, while every one in neighbouring South West Essex had theirs rejected.