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McKinney: Minister must support Equal Access Campaign

SDLP Health Spokesperson Fearghal McKinney has urged Health Minister Edwin Poots to sign up to the public Equal Access campaign for cancer drugs.

Mr McKinney said:

“The Minister has indicated that he supports the establishment of a cancer drugs fund on social media this evening. He must now demonstrate that commitment to the cancer sufferers who are currently being denied access to vital life lengthening drugs because of their postcode by publicly supporting the equal access campaign.

“In response to a question I have asked about the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme the Minister has revealed that his department has received over £9 Million in the last three years.

“This money is for innovative new drugs and the public do not know where it has gone. Instead of opening a debate on prescription charges on social media the Minister must first clarify where this money is and whether it can be used to establish a cancer drugs fund here urgently.”

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