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Hard News: Hep C: When doctors do the wrong thing

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  • Hazel Heal, in reply to Lilith __,

    That was such a great story, isn't it Lilith-I have been thinking about it all week. See, he went to a meeting and heard people talking about generic hep C medication- he joined our groups- James Freeman's activities have had this enormous spin off too, everywhere.... this is the result of people saying, enough is enough. Who knows who is reading this story and coming up with something else. We need stories, we need talking, we need lots of people saying enough is enough.

    Dunedin NZ • Since Dec 2016 • 12 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Hazel Heal,

    It's amazing what one person or a small group of passionate people can achieve. I just wish the health administrators could do it! And that there wasn't such a gulf between public health organisations and the people they serve.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

  • Rosemary McDonald, in reply to Lilith __,

    I just wish the health administrators could do it!

    Brian Easton does what he does best on just that issue here.

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1344 posts Report Reply

  • Hazel Heal,

    I would also like to say that I am sorry for (nearly) all the SDHB gastro clinicians. I can slag them off in this way and I know they have no right of reply, which is unfair. Their only right of reply is all through their Team Leader, who claims they agree,,,,, but just on common sense, there can't be a single pocket of unified clinicians who see things differently- wrongly according to me and the gastro guidelines- they are doctors and go to work to make people better- this will be disheartening and I regret that. I am taking the management's rigid stated policy to the Commissioner, not the doctors. I hear what is said above about treatment eligibility v. complaining about treatment already received. But, if unsuccessful, at least it gets an airing here, and the SDHB had stated they would not discuss it or write to me about it again. There is a complaint in that- they cannot just block me- but it wouldn't achieve anything.

    Dunedin NZ • Since Dec 2016 • 12 posts Report Reply

  • Hazel Heal,

    Update to this is, HDC have accepted my complaint and have asked the SDHB to respond to it. Since this blog this article has appeared in the Lancet on the issue of global access to hep C meds. generic in particular: http://fixhepc.com/media/kunena/attachments/391/Importation-of-generic-hepatitis-C-therapies.pdf

    Dunedin NZ • Since Dec 2016 • 12 posts Report Reply

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