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Saturday, July 2, 2016

How Brexit is already stopping NHS patients receiving life-extending drugs

Abi Longfellow is one of many hit by the devastating blow
MIRROR | GEMMA ALDRIDGE , GRACE MACASKILL

NHS bosses are delaying funding for vital medicines, affecting cancer patients, HIV patients and stroke victims

Thousands of patients could be denied life-extending drugs and treatment in the wake of Brexit , the Sunday People reports .

NHS bosses have delayed funding for vital medicines and services because the fall in the value of the pound means they may no longer be able to afford them.

And kidney patient Abi Longfellow, the teenager who won her battle for a wonder drug thanks to a Sunday People campaign, is one of those hit by the devastating blow.

The cost of Abi’s drug went up by £16,000 overnight due to Brexit . When the NHS first agreed to buy the drug form the US it cost £136,000.

But the price has now shot up to £152,000 because the pound has slumped against the dollar.

The delays also hit cancer patients, children with gender issues, HIV patients and stroke victims.

Abi, 13, has already faced a string of agonising delays despite outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron ordering a rapid review into her case last year. Continue reading
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