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Campaigner wants cancer drug fund in Wales

Campaigners say there is a significant divide between England and Wales in access to new cancer medicines.

The Rarer Cancers Foundation (RCF) is claiming patients in Wales are four times less likely to receive new treatment than those in England.

Health ministers in England set up a special fund worth £200m a year in 2010 to help pay for expensive new cancer drugs.

The Welsh government has defended its record on spending for cancer patients.

Nick Phillips, director of the campaign group Bowel Cancer Wales, lost his wife to cancer more than six years ago.

He told Nick Palit that the issue of cancer drug funding had become a political football but he believes access to trial drugs could have prolonged his wife's life.

  • 26 Aug 2013
  • From the section Wales