1. ITV Report

Thousands of holidaymakers in region not covered by travel insurance

There are plans to help thousands of people across the region who've been treated for a serious illness and are finding it really hard to find affordable travel insurance.

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A special list of insurers could be set up.

It's thought more than one and a half million holidaymakers with pre-existing conditions head overseas each year - with a policy which excludes their illness.

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The Macmillan charity has welcomed the news. Dr Moira Fraser says:

Responding to the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) announcement on signposting by travel insurance providers, Macmillan Cancer Support’s Head of Campaigns, Eve Byrne, says:

Today’s announcement is sorely needed for customers desperate for a break but struggling to access affordable travel insurance. This includes the thousands of people living with cancer who call our free support line each year for advice after being blindsided by sky-high premiums, often well into their recovery or with a doctor’s permission to travel.

“While a directory of specialist firms is a step in the right direction, mandatory signposting will only benefit customers with pre-existing medical conditions if there is appropriate and affordable cover available to them. The insurance market must change its approach to covering people with pre-existing conditions to ensure that people living with cancer can access a competitive range of options that appropriately meet their needs.”

– Eve Byrne