Now Ocrevus blocked from health service in Scotland

Hot on the heels of NICE rejecting Ocrevus (ocrelizumab) as a treatment of PPMS by the National Health Service (NHS) in England, it has been blocked as a therapy for relapsing MS in Scotland. The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) says it does not consider ocrelizumab to be cost effective for the NHS in Scotland  as a treatment … Continue reading Now Ocrevus blocked from health service in Scotland

Ocrevus blocked again, this time for PPMS, as not cost-effective

  So, news came out last week that the UK’s National Health Service will not be providing Ocrevus for treating primary progressive MS (PPMS) in England*. But, panic not, the decision is far from being set in stone. Why is this? Because the decision by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, (NICE), was … Continue reading Ocrevus blocked again, this time for PPMS, as not cost-effective

Disability benefits: Questions remain over timing and complexity

Why, oh why, oh why? This was the title of a hit song (well in the UK anyway) performed by Gilbert O’Sullivan in 1973, but now represents three questions to which we need answers. And by that, I am talking about meaningful answers from a government department responsible for benefits for the sick and disabled. … Continue reading Disability benefits: Questions remain over timing and complexity

Government minister’s welfare benefits statements prove economical with the truth

Sarah Newton, one of two ministers of state at the department for work and pensions (DWP), was in the centre of a heated debate in the House of Commons, this week. The Canary, a website dedicated to independent campaigning journalism, reported that she made some staggering claims. It went on to question how many of … Continue reading Government minister’s welfare benefits statements prove economical with the truth

Invest more in innovation and development say wheelchair users in international study

Millions of people have lower-limb paralysis - the most common causes being strokes, spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis. Now, users of wheelchairs and other devices to assist lower limb mobility say they need more money to be invested in innovation and development. And, as a wheelchair user, I agree totally. This is the result … Continue reading Invest more in innovation and development say wheelchair users in international study

Government withdraws disability benefit legal appeals, at last

A government disability benefits boss has withdrawn another two legal appeals which now opens the door for more claimants to receive the benefits to which they are entitled. The appeals, by the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), were withdrawn by the department’s secretary of state Esther McVey MP. Previously, she cancelled plans to … Continue reading Government withdraws disability benefit legal appeals, at last

Government department’s “no information” claim is just a feeble cover-up

A government department responsible for disability benefits has effectively admitted that vital documents were not shown to an expert hired to conduct a review. The papers link its controversial ‘fitness to work’ test with deaths of benefit claimants. The UK’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) claims it has no information about whether the reviewer … Continue reading Government department’s “no information” claim is just a feeble cover-up