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Cancer patients in England 7 times more likely to access meds

Darren Millar AM

Commenting on the conclusion of research into the effects of a Cancer Drugs Fund in England, that English patients are up to seven times more likely to be prescribed expensive cancer medicines than patients in Wales, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Health Minister, said:

“This authoritative research into the availability of expensive cancer medicines concludes that Welsh patients are losing out on access to modern cancer drugs.

“That they are seven times less likely to access some medicines that their counterparts in England is nothing short of a scandal.

“Instead of being able to access life-extending cancer treatments, vulnerable and chronically-ill patients in Wales are forced to jump through numerous bureaucratic loops to have an exceptional request granted or to move over the border – it’s a disgrace.

“I don’t know how Labour Ministers can look terminally ill cancer patients in the eye.

“The findings of this research provide further evidence that Labour’s record-breaking NHS budget cuts are hitting vulnerable patients hard.

“I urge Labour Ministers to reconsider their refusal to establish a Welsh Cancer Treatments Fund which could end the postcode lottery for cancer patients and give them the chance to spend longer with their loved ones.”

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