Cancer patients denied drugs6th April 2011
According to a report by the Rare Cancers Foundation (RCF) 30 patients in Wales have been refused drugs which could prolong their lives by the health service.
Another 91 patients were forced to apply for money for their treatment citing "exceptional case procedures" because the drugs were not available as a matter of course.
The charity said the information was accessed following a Freedom of Information request.
It said the next assembly government needed to improve treatment availability for patients.
The report, called Exceptional Cymru?, made the claim that there were 22 drugs which were not available to Welsh patients, which were given to patients in England.
The charity said 30 Welsh patients had been refused treatment between November 2009 and October 2010 after the health service "refused to pay for treatments which could have prolonged their lives".
RCF chief executive Andrew Wilson said: "The NHS should be there when you need it the most, but this is sadly not the case for all cancer patients in Wales."
"Access to treatment should be based on clinical need and not a lottery based on which side of the border you live.
He added that the report showed that patients were being refused drugs that they would be given in other parts of the UK.
Mr Wilson said the assembly government should "act now to fix this broken and unfair system".
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Title: Cancer patients denied drugs
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 18139
Date Added: 6th Apr 2011