Call for an end to cancer drugs postcode lottery

There's criticism of wide variations between the number of requests for cancer drugs not normally available on the NHS are unfair and calls for an all-Wales decision-making system.

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Welsh Government considering drugs request changes

The Welsh Government says it's looking at changes to the system of decision-making for treatments that aren't normally available on the NHS. It's carrying out a consultation based on recommendations of a Review Group into the system.

A Welsh Government spokesperson said,

The IPFR Review Group looked at the whole IPFR process, including the number of panels. Section 6.2 deals specifically with the latter. In addition, the report contains a number of recommendations aimed at improving inter-panel consistency, communication with patients and strengthening clinical input to the process. The report is now out for consultation across Wales, including patient groups. The Minister will be considering the report's findings and recommendations in light of consultation responses received.

– Welsh Government spokesperson

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