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Don fights for Alzheimer’s Sufferers

Don is campaigning to stop the National Institute Clinical Excellence (NICE) proposals to deny effective Alzheimer’s medication to new NHS patients

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Commenting on NICE’s recent proposals, Don Foster MP stated:

“It’s extremely disappointing that bureaucratic cost-efficiency calculations are going to deny hundreds of thousands of Alzheimer’s suffers the only proven treatment for their disease.

“It is estimated that there may be as many as 800 Alzheimer’s sufferers in the Bath constituency, and if this decision stands, not only will suffers be affected, but also their relatives and carers who must deal with the disastrous effects of this horrible illness.

“The few pounds a day the NHS will save on medication, will cost suffers’ and their families immeasurable amounts of pain.

“It’s impossible to put a price on the gains in quality of life this medication provides suffers.

“As an independent body, NICE has the final say on the drugs, but it is imperative that the government exercise its power during the consultation phase to protect one of the most vulnerable patient groups in UK.”

“I have written to the Secretary of State for Health, John Reid MP, and the Chief Executive of NICE to press for these proposals to be dropped.”

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Notes to Editors:

The recently issued draft guidance from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) proposes that the drugs which help to improve memory for some of those people suffering from Alzheimer's disease should no longer be available on the NHS for new patients.

Almost half a million people in the UK are affected by Alzheimer’s disease, with approximately 800 of them located in Bath. [Memory Assessment and Research Centre, Moorgreen Hospital, Southampton]

The Alzheimer’s Society refer to the guidance as “alarming reading”. They claim that “The models that NICE use do not allow a monetary value to be put on the things that mean the most to people receiving drug treatments, so they simply ignore them. The society believes that it is worth spending £2.50 a day on drug treatments for dementia.”



This article published: 22/03/2024

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