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HSE approved drugs not purchased due to lack of funding - O'Reilly

5 July, 2017 - by Louise O'Reilly TD


Speaking this afternoon Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Deputy Louise O’Reilly has raised her concern that nine drug treatments which the HSE has approved are now in limbo because they do not have enough funds to purchase them.

Deputy O’Reilly said:

“It is quite concerning that only five months into the year the HSE is in a situation where they have approved nine drug treatments and want to purchase them for patients in severe need but cannot do so because they do not have enough funding to do so.

“Information released to me through a Parliamentary Question has shown that drugs have had to be put on hold because their 'reimbursement application could not be funded from within the HSE current budgetary envelope'.

“Instead, the HSE has had to refer each of these treatments to the Department of Health because they just do not have the available funds to purchase them.

“It is quite concerning from a the side of patient care that drugs for heart failure, ovarian cancer, crohns, and depression which have been approved are now in limbo due to the absence of funding.

“Minister Harris needs to come forward and make a statement on why 5 months into the year the HSE is struggling to purchase drugs which they believe are necessary and want to purchase, and he also needs to make a statement on the number of people awaiting these drugs which once purchased will radically transform their lives.

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