The much-awaited report from Professor Richards (an oncology expert) which was due out on the 16 October 2008 has not yet been published. The latest information is that the report is currently being finalised by Professor Richards this week and that the Department of Health will announce a decision based on the report in early November. As we are all aware this issue has been widely debated in the press. Current press speculation is that there will be a change in the current guidelines and that co-payments will be allowed in the future.