Welsh Cancer Drugs Fund petition accepted
The Welsh Labour Government has today issued a statement announcing changes to the Individual Patient Funding Request process, just minutes before the presentation of a petition demanding a Cancer Treatments Fund, signed by 98,230 people.
Welsh Conservative Assembly Members Darren Millar AM and Nick Ramsay AM accepted the petition because Welsh Labour Ministers refused to either accept it or even meet campaigners on the senedd steps.
Darren Millar AM, Shadow Minister for Health, said, “Labour’s proposed tweaks to the complex process of securing exceptional access to cancer drugs will not deliver the improvements in access that campaigners are demanding.
“Almost 100,000 people have signed a petition calling for a Cancer Treatments Fund to end the postcode lottery in access to life-extending cancer medicines.
“There are 72 cancer treatments which are not routinely available for Welsh cancer patients, but are readily accessible through the Cancer Treatments Fund for patients in England.
“Access to cancer medicines in Wales is grossly unfair and minor changes to a dysfunctional system are not good enough for the hundreds of cancer patients who are being treated so disgracefully by this Labour Government.”
Nick Ramsay, Assembly Member for Monmouth, said, “I am appalled that gutless Labour Ministers wouldn’t accept the petition or even meet campaigned who had tirelessly collated a 100,000 signature petition calling for fair access to cancer medicines.
“If a Welsh cancer patient is advised by their consultant or oncologist that they need a particular medicine, they should be able to access it.
“A patient who has recently been diagnosed with cancer has enough to cope with fighting the disease without also having to fight an unjust system to access drugs, which could help keep them alive.
“We stand shoulder to shoulder with these campaigners who are tirelessly fighting for fair access to cancer medicines and hope Labour Ministers will listen to their compelling case.”