Cancer drugs: Greater access for patients in Northern Ireland - (BBC News via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Northern Ireland has taken steps that campaigners believer will increase access to cancer drugs in the country, BBC News reported Tuesday.

  • Under the move, patients in Northern Ireland will have access the same cancer drugs as the rest of the UK.

  • The country's health department explained that the changes to the individual funding request process follow an "extensive evaluation and public consultation exercise and fulfil a ministerial commitment to place clinical expertise at the heart of the sensitive and important decision making process."

  • The department, which launched a public consultation on the issue, estimated that the move will carry a cost of 2 million pounds to 2.5 million pounds annually.

  • Commenting on the news, Heather Monteverde, head of services for Macmillan Cancer Support, remarked "the announcement is a positive step forward towards an accessible, effective and transparent process for both patients and clinicians."

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