Barbara Keeley MP


Barbara welcomes proposals to make more drugs available on the NHS

nhs logoBarbara has welcomed a package of measures announced by the Health Secretary Alan Johnson to widen access to drugs on the NHS, particularly for those facing a terminal illness. The measures will also reduce the need for patients to pay for additional private care.

The announcement followed publication of a landmark report by Professor Mike Richards entitled ‘Improving access to medicines for NHS patients’ and new proposals from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

The Health Secretary also announced that the NHS would not withdraw treatment from patients who choose to pay privately for additional drugs. However, he made it clear that while private care would be carried out alongside NHS care, private treatment should take place in a private facility and not be subsidised by the NHS.

Barbara said:

“I wholeheartedly support the new measures announced by Health Secretary, Alan Johnson, which are designed to improve NHS services for patients.

Increasing the range of treatments available to patients on the NHS means less people in my constituency will need to seek private care. However, if a small number of people do choose to pay for some treatment at a private facility it is comforting to know they will be able to continue to receive NHS care.”

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