Darren Millar AM is Shadow Minister for Health and Assembly Member for Clwyd West. Follow Darren on Twitter.
Since the inception of the Welsh Assembly in 1999, Labour has been in power. Testament to its failure to deliver prosperity or improvements in vital public services, is Labour’s management of the NHS, which remains the poor man of the United Kingdom. The service masks so much inequity for Welsh patients, but nothing lays bare the unfairness of Labour’s NHS more than their refusal to consider a Cancer Drugs Fund.
There can be no argument that access to cancer drugs in Wales differs to other parts of the UK. We hear far too often the tragic stories of Welsh patients who can’t access life-prolonging treatments that are available across the border.
It is impossible to imagine the devastation of the emotions that a patient must go through when they are told that they cannot have access to a drug or treatment that could prolong their life because of their postcode. I have dealt with many of these cases, both in my capacity as Clwyd West Assembly Member and Shadow Minister for Health.