Archive for category: Equal Access
08
October
2014

Allister’s cancer story

Allister Murphy (57), from Newtownabbey, was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer in 2008 and has had first-hand experience of the inequality of access to cancer drugs in Northern Ireland. He says: “It was Christmas 2007 at an office party when I noticed a tiny speck of blood in my urine. Years p...

07
October
2014

Health Minister receives petition

Health Minister Jim Wells has received a 24,000 strong petition supporting Cancer Focus NI’s call for equal access to cancer drugs for local patients. A wheelbarrow load of signatures was delivered by our Chief Executive Roisin Foster and cancer patients Vera Sanderson and Allister Murphy on t...

07
October
2014

Minister accepts Equal Access petition

Health Minister Jim Wells today  (7th October 2014) accepted a petition in support of Cancer Focus NI’s Equal Access Campaign. The campaign calls for funding to provide access to cancer drugs similar to that provided for by the English Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF). Health Minister Jim Wells accepts the C...

07
October
2014

John’s equal access story

Cancer patient John McAllister (57), from Belfast, is delighted with the Cancer Focus NI campaign calling for equal access to cancer drugs for local patients. The father of five was told three-and-a-half years ago that he was seriously ill with cancer, yet, with the help of life-prolonging drugs, ha...

05
August
2014

Clarify equal access to cancer drugs – call

Leading cancer charity, Cancer Focus NI, has asked the Health Minister to provide clarification around a review promised to look at the availability of cancer drugs in Northern Ireland. The Equal Access Campaign is calling for cancer patients in Northern Ireland to be given the same access to 38 can...