Cancer: Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Office written question – answered on 13th November 2018.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to the Department of Health in Northern Ireland (DHNI)’s press release entitled Department Announces Improved Access to New Drugs, published on 12 September 2018, what discussions she has had with the DHNI on the timeline for providing access to medicines approved for use through the Cancer Drug Fund in England; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

This is a devolved issue. Northern Ireland Office officials have been liaising with the Northern Ireland Department of Health on this important issue and I am pleased to hear that work is ongoing to ensure an appropriate process is in place which will provide clinical consultants, and hence patients, access as soon as possible.

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