Individual Patient Treatment Requests

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 8th May 2013.

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Photo of Willie Coffey Willie Coffey Scottish National Party

The cabinet secretary will be aware of the struggle that my constituent Janice Glasswell and her family endured recently and of the fact that, sadly, Mrs Glasswell passed away last month. At no time did the family feel as though they were an integral part of the IPTR process—they felt excluded from it.

I ask the cabinet secretary to ensure that that changes; that all information is made available to patients and to their families; and that full and concise explanations are given in writing by clinicians when determining all future applications for access to specialist cancer drugs.