The Medlaw site explains, “Many treatments are not routinely funded by the NHS or by the country's Primary Care Trusts (PCTs), including treatments and drugs for rare cancers, rare diseases, and bariatric surgery. Treatments for a host of acute and chronic medical conditions have to undergo applications for funding, under what is known as the Individual Funding Request (“IFR”) process. Cancers (including carcinomas, leukamias, lymphomas, sarcomas, or brain tumours) diagnosed in a metastatic phase are also sometimes subject to restrictions on the funding of treatment. Consultants have to apply on behalf of patients to a panel of the PCT, and sometimes have to appeal against the panel's decisions. www.medlaw.eu also helps individual patients make complaints in cases of alleged negligence in diagnosis or treatment." A survey conducted by Mr Telford in 2010 found that 21% of PCTs in England fail to provide this type of essential information to cancer patients.
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