188109 - Cancer: Northern Ireland (Answered)

Jim Shannon
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, with reference to the Department of Health in Northern Ireland (DHNI)’s press release entitled Department Announces Improved Access to New Drugs, published on 12 September 2018, what discussions she has had with the DHNI on the timeline for providing access to medicines approved for use through the Cancer Drug Fund in England; and if she will make a statement.

Mr Shailesh Vara

This is a devolved issue. Northern Ireland Office officials have been liaising with the Northern Ireland Department of Health on this important issue and I am pleased to hear that work is ongoing to ensure an appropriate process is in place which will provide clinical consultants, and hence patients, access as soon as possible.