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Wait times for life-changing medicines slashed, according to the Welsh Government

The wait times for life-changing medicines to become available on the NHS in Wales have been slashed, according to the Welsh Government.

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On the first anniversary of the New Treatment Fund, the average time for recommended new medicines to be made available is now 10 days, according to the Welsh Government.

It says their original target was 60 days.

10 Days
The average time taken for medicines to be made available across Wales, says the Welsh Government.

Reaching and far exceeding our 60 day target is a great achievement and is making a very real difference to people's lives.

This significant investment has removed uncertainties over funding and will ensure NHS Wales is in the best position to provide the latest recommended medicines.

Many of these provide a significant step forward in the treatment of diseases that, until now, have had few or no treatment options.

It is clear from the patients I have spoken to today that this fund is helping to transform lives.

– Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister
will be put into the fund over four years.

Patients can now access 82 new medicines, much more quickly than they would have, had the fund not been in place.

These include medicines to treat Crohn's disease, uveitis, cystic fibrosis, psoriasis, asthma, osteoporosis and Gauchers disease.

More than 20 new medicines have been made available to treat a wide range of cancers including cancers of the breast, head and neck, lung, colon, thyroid gland and pancreas.

I look forward to seeing the fund continuing to promptly deliver the latest, innovative medicines to patients who need them, making a real difference to their lives.

– Vaughan Gething AM, Health Secretary