health care

Britain's NHS Bureaucracy Holds Up New Drugs

"Hundreds die" as a result, says official

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Hundreds of NHS patients in Scotland may have died because they were denied access to new drugs, MSPs were told yesterday.

Patients are facing a "deeply flawed system" for accessing potentially lifesaving drugs, mired in bureaucracy, one MSP said.

The UK is now 11th in Europe for access to new medicines, but many "revolutionary" drugs are now available in England that are often denied to Scots.