While the BBC majors on a Tory shadow minister who paid her nanny from her parliamentary allowance 11 years ago headlines in the Sunday Times concentrate on a more pressing matter.
New cancer drugs do not usually become available to the NHS for a couple of years after they have been shown to be effective. Oncologists know that they work, but cannot provide them. Some people have the resources to fund their own treatment and will pay for their drugs. However, the Labor government has introduced a rule which says that if they do so then the NHS will not pay for any of their cancer care. Even mid way through a course of chemotherapy NHS treatment will be stopped the monment the patient takes a milligram of the forbidden medicine.
The Labor party is anyway beyond redemption, so it doesn't matter to them what they do. In a couple of years' time hundreds of Labor MPs will join the unemployment queues, and it is quite likely that they will be unemployable. However, this is so mean spirited as to be unimaginable.
It's even worse than that. Should a cancer patient decide to take a 'complementary therapy' that will do them no good and may even be harmful. it is quite permissable for them to have that and continue with their NHS cancer medicine.
Here's a confession. Twenty years ago I had a patient with terminal kidney cancer. His tumor was inoperable. He had large lymph nodes in his abdomen and chest. His lungs were so opaque on the chest X-ray that it was a wonder he could breathe. Both he and I had seen a television program about a new drug, Interleukin-2, which had produced remissions in kidney cancer patients. It was not available on the NHS but the drug company was willing to sell it to me for £9000 ($18,000).
His relatives clubbed together and raised the money. The hospital pharmacy had no means of receiving a donation of this sort, so he paid the money to a fund raising charity which I ran. The charity bought the drug and provided it for a small clinical trial that I set up. He had a miraculous response to the drug, entering a complete remission. Reader, he is still alive and cancer-free.