A great spot today from Mark Pack over at Lib Dem Voice. Eton old boy David Tredinnick MP has been agitating in Parliament for the £200m Cancer Drugs Fund to be available for alternative medicine such as so-called distance healing, despite a lack of clinical evidence for its effectiveness.
David Tredinnick: The cancer drugs fund is available only for pharmaceutical drugs, but can it be used for wider support services, such as healers, aromatherapists, those using therapeutic touch and other such practitioners?
Andrew Lansley: We are finalising the design of the future cancer drugs fund from April, and we will publish shortly. The interim cancer drugs fund is designed to support new effective medicines, based on clinical panels’ assessments of the needs of individual patients.
Having already claimed for astrology software and training on expenses, there is no medical intervention which can save the Bosworth MP from himself.
The prognosis for Tredinnick’s career is terminal.