Oncologists will now be only able to prescribe new potentially life saving cancer drugs to private patients. I think this is pretty scummy to be honest. Nobody pays the full cost of medical treatment/research and I think it's really a false ideology to say some people "earn" the right to more healthcare than a poorer person.
"Medical oncologist John Crown said he welcomes the move for VHI customers but is "personally very troubled by it".
He said: "For the first time since I can ever recall, we have a difference in access to cancer drugs between public and private patients. It's completely unfair. It's going to be extraordinarily difficult now."