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.

  1. steve conway says:

    what a complete tit, cancer research money, should go to………errrrmmmmm CANCER RESEARCH, giving it to aromatherapy STINKS. Government full of incompetent numpties!!!!

  2. Errr I hate to sound offish, but have you ever heard of quality of life for personal who are terminal? If, for example, you’ve been told their is no cure for you, then tell me, what is wrong with having asmelly massage to help ease general tension in a patient? Seriously?

    What’s more, as I said to Laurence on Twitter, these complementary treatments, which are *not* pitched as being cures for hte illness but rather treatment to ease other more general psychological feelings, be they placebo or not, have been being paid for out of NHS budgets for literally years anyway.

    The more important question really is why is it only an issue now and wasn’t an issue in April 2010 before the governing parties changed?

  3. The purpose of the cancer drugs fund is NOT for research, but for treatment:

    “The announcement follows the Coalition Government’s commitment to create a Cancer Drugs Fund to commence from 2011 to help thousands of patients get increased access to innovative new cancer drugs that extend life or improve quality of life.”
    http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/MediaCentre/Pressreleases/DH_120941

    Note the final 4 words in the above quote. If aromatherapy can improve quality of life, as the cancer research aromatherapy page Dizzy links to suggests it can, then it seems a reasonable question to ask whether it can be included in the funding.

  4. In fairness it does say “drugs” not “treatments” and as I said, the complimnetary stuff for quality of life is already paid for anyone. That’s a fact and I speak from extensive and very close personal experience with cancer and its treatment right through to death.

  5. @JonMassey – unlikely, but they will tell you that you can have a weekly massage with smelly oils to relieve the tension etc…. they do at at least two hospitals I know of that Mrs Dizzy is treated at.

  6. How about trying another controversial treatment, cannabis? Safer than paracetamol, it stops the sickness that many anti cancer drugs inflict on cancer patients.
    It certainly would improve the quality of life for many.

  7. Lewis Parker says:

    Unfortunately, this is far from a career-ending statement. I used to live in his constituency, which has represented by this superstitious fool since before I was born. If you put a monkey in a blue rosette in Bosworth it would win. The Tories know this, which is why they’ve gone with the nearest species: David Tredinnick. A doctor stood against him at the last GE in opposition to the great witch doctor’s nonsensical beliefs. He came last, behind even the BNP. It’s clear to see why I felt the need to move away from those primitive shires.

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