I have written on a number of occasions that I thought it odd that the left (and women's groups in particular) don't see a contradiction between their support for government health care and their long-held abortion beliefs that people should be free of government coercion when it comes to decisions about their body and their health. These views certainly don't seem compatible in England:
A cancer charity has today published research that shows doctors are keeping
cancer patients in the dark about new treatments that could extend their lives.
Myeloma UK, which conducted the research, said a quarter of myeloma
specialists questioned in a survey admitted hiding the facts about
treatments that may be difficult to obtain on the NHS.
The main reason given was to avoid distressing or confusing patients.
Myeloma is a bone marrow cancer that affects around 3,800 people each year in
the UK. Of these, 2,600 are likely to die from the disease.