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P-05-699 A Treatment Fund for Wales - There Must be an End to the Healthcare Postcode Lottery

This petition was submitted by Angharad Roche, having collected 27 signatures.


Petition Wording

One of the greatest creations to come out of Wales was the National Health Service. It is one of our most valuable assets and we must hold on to it. At present, we are in the desperate situation where treatment for costly, life-saving drug treatments is not fairly or evenly distributed throughout Wales. Patients with a desperate need for live-saving drugs are being denied the treatments that they so urgently require by their Local Health Boards, with grave consequences to their health and life expectancy. I am calling on the Welsh Government to review their procedures in relation to the sanctioning of high-cost drug treatments with immediate effect. I further call on the Welsh Government to assess each patient and each patient's needs on a case-by-case basis as the current requirement for all funded drug treatments to appear on a list of 'Approved Drugs' is too narrow and prevents patients from accessing treatments which are not yet on the list but which Consultants say will have a positive impact on a Patient's long-term health and life- expectancy.





This petition was considered completed by the Petitions Committee at its meeting on 07/03/2017.

The Committee considered correspondence on the petition and agreed to close the petition on the basis that it is not possible to identify how to take the petition forward in the absence of contact with the petitioner; and in doing so await the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport’s statement on the recently published review of the Individual Patient Funding Request (IPFR) process, and forward it to the petitioner for information. 


Full details of the consideration of this petition by the committee and related documents can be seen on the Meetings tab above.


Assembly Constituency and Region

·         South Wales Central

·         Cardiff West


Further information

Business type: Petition

Reason considered: Assembly Business;

Status: For consideration

First published: 08/08/2016



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