Interesting article on the BBC Website:
Notable Prof David Haslam, chairman of NICE has said that UK patients should imitate their US cousins and be more insistent with their doctors to ensure they are getting the best drugs and treatments for their condition.
This is following on from statistics that show there has been very low take up of some of the drugs that have NICE approval, lower than should be expected.
There is probably two sides of this story - patients should be on top of their own condition and less reliant on medical professionals to know everything all the time and there maybe a need for a better system to keep doctors up to date without drowning them in information.
Of course, a good simple IT system would help, but since that seems to be an impossibility because of how the gov/NHS gets abused by the IT industry, that seems unlikely to happen. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-25884915)