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MP calls for NHS drug priority

Patients struggle to obtain drugs for common life-threatening conditions in 80% of NHS trusts, an MP has claimed.

Huw Irranca-Davies, Labour MP for Ogmore, called for action over medicine shortages caused by more lucrative exports to other EU countries.

The Department of Health said manufacturers had a quota system which should be flexible enough to cope.

But Mr Irranca-Davies told Vaughan Roderick of BBC Radio Wales that quotas had failed, and that the UK government should give NHS patients priority over exports.

Patient drug shortage concerns

  • 24 Jun 2012