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72% want a Cancer Treatments Fund

Commenting on the publication of a poll by BBC Wales, which shows that 72% of Welsh voters want the Welsh Government to set up a Cancer Treatments Fund, Darren Millar AM, Shadow Health Minister, said:

"This poll shows overwhelming support amongst the Welsh public for a dedicated Cancer Treatments Fund for Wales to end Labour's postcode lottery in access to life-extending medicines.

"These findings show that voters recognise the serious impact that unhealthy lifestyles have on the Welsh NHS and want people to take greater personal responsibility for their own wellbeing.

"The fact that only just over half of Welsh voters know that the Welsh Government is responsible for the NHS in Wales shows the challenges for elected representatives in ending confusion and ensuring proper accountability."

Commenting on the findings of an ITV Wales poll showing a decline in confidence in the Welsh NHS, Darren Millar said:

“Despite the tireless efforts of doctors, nurses and other frontline NHS staff, Labour’s legacy of record-breaking health cuts has hit standards and capacity to meet patient demand.

“Under Labour, A&E targets have been missed every month for more than five years, ambulance response times are getting worse, bed numbers have been axed by a fifth and cancer patients are denied access to modern life-extending drugs. It's no wonder that patient confidence in the health service has been rocked.

“As a result of Welsh Labour Government budgets, Wales is the only part of the UK that has seen NHS spending fall in real terms. The Welsh NHS is on life support and in desperate need of a cash transfusion. Ministers must reverse their record-breaking cuts and give it the resources it so desperately needs."