Local MLA calls for cancer drugs fund

East Antrim MLA Alastair Ross has asked the Health Minister, Edwin Poots, to consider the creation of a cancer drugs fund in Northern Ireland similar to the one established in England.

The call was made during an Assembly debate which was tabled by Mr Ross and his North Down colleague, Peter Weir.

“The Government at Westminster have brought forward a £500 million fund for England which will improve access to these life-saving and life enhancing drugs for many patients. The absence of a similar fund for Northern Ireland means that cancer patients here are potentially missing out on some cancer drugs.

“A cancer drugs fund would allow clinicians and cancer specialists to be at the heart of the treatment process, and allow patients to get access to personalised drugs which had previously been denied to them,” Mr Ross said.