This is my initial response..
Dr Evan Harris, the former Liberal Democrat MP, who was a member of the Science and Technology Select Committee when it published its report, said
“This is not a good start for the new Health Secretary when it comes to evidence-based policy. It looks like Prince Charles has been in touch with the Health Secretary again.
How does the Government justify allowing treatments that do not work to be provided by the NHS in the name of choice, when it allows medicines which do work to be banned from NHS use?
“The Government likes to claim that its health policies – on alcohol and obesity and on vaccination – are both evidence based and ethical but today has said that the Government has no interest in the value for money or ethics of the spending of millions of pounds by the NHS.”
“Patients who are denied the choice of expensive but effective new medicines for serious conditions are now entitled to ask why Mr Lansley allows the cash-strapped NHS to spend money on ineffective treatments in the name of “patient choice”.