1. Adrian Masters

Conservatives launch counter-attack on Health Minister over cancer drugs

Welsh Conservatives have dismissed the Health Minister's attack on their claims about the lack of availability of 24 cancer drugs. You can read what she said here. Now Shadow Health Minister Darren Millar has issued this statement.

The minister’s relentless refusals of what would be a life-prolonging policy are baffling.

The independent research - which has clearly not been properly read by the minister - makes it clear that these drugs are not routinely available in Wales.

Consequently, patients here are five times less likely to obtain them than English patients who have access to a cancer drugs fund.

That’s unfair. I want to see an end to this divide – along with thousands of cancer patients and their families - and I don’t understand why the minister does not support this view.

According to the Rarer Cancers Foundation, a drugs fund could cost as little as 3.3 million pounds, an amount that the first minister himself has acknowledged is small fry compared to the overall health budget.

The Welsh Conservatives believe their campaign matches concerns of voters. They're not going to give up on this line of attack, in fact expect to see it stepped up and intensified over the coming months.