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Conway-Walsh calls for a review of the HSE decision on withdrawal of Versatis patches

10 May, 2018 - by Rose Conway-Walsh

Mayo Sinn Féin Senator Rose Conway-Walsh has told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health that the decision to withdraw Versatis patches from more than 20,000 people in chronic pain must be reviewed and reversed.  

Addressing Minister Simon Harris and HSE Executives, Senator Conway-Walsh said:

“A full review of this decision must be carried out as soon as possible taking into account the increase in other medications.  Chronic Pain Ireland, Arthritis Ireland, and Fibro Ireland, along with those directly affected, must be consulted in this review.  GPs and Consultants must also be given the opportunity to input.

“I have been critical of the lack of any cost-benefit analysis carried out before this decision was taken. I want to know how many of those affected patients are now using alternative treatment such as morphine patches.

“For my part, I will continue to work with patient groups such as the Patch Me Up campaign to make sure that the HSE remains fully aware of the continuing impact this decision is having on the quality of life of so many patients.

“This has been a cruel, inhumane, and blunt decision affecting the most vulnerable in our society.

“I look forward to the Patch Us Back Up campaign coming to Leinster House on Wednesday 30th May to present their petition and postcard campaign.  I commend all involved and encourage others to join them.

“I will be launching this postcard campaign in Mayo this weekend.” 

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