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More than 100 people demonstrated outside the Senedd today, calling for an end to what they say is a 'postcode lottery' which means Welsh cancer patients can't get access to some new drugs that are available in England.
The Welsh Government says it spends more on cancer treatment, per person, than in England - and has seen cancer survival rates improve as a result.
It also says many applications to use the Cancer Drugs Fund in England are not approved - and access to medicines not approved by the official body NICE for widespread NHS use is actually higher in Wales than England.
Hundreds of people are expected to attend a protest outside the Senedd in Cardiff Bay today, to call for an end to what they say is a 'postcode lottery', which denies cancer patients here access to drugs that are being used in England.
The Cancer Drugs Fund operates across the border, giving patients access drugs approved by doctors but which have not been given the go-ahead for widespread use on the NHS.
Last month, an extra £400m was invested, to extend it until 2016, in England.
Wales does not have a similar drugs fund - and that means patients can't access drugs which, in some cases, they say could prolong their lives.
They want the Welsh Government to act, to end the imbalance between England and Wales.