Plaid Cymru secures review of the unfair patient funding request system
Plaid Cymru has secured a review of the unfair system of Individual Patient Funding Requests. The party’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care Rhun ap Iorwerth welcomed the announcement of the review panel members, and in particular welcomed the inclusion of Irfon Williams, founder of the Hawl i Fyw campaign, which will ensure that the patient voice is represented.
Plaid Cymru Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care Rhun ap Iorwerth said:
“This review is hugely significant and is a testament to Plaid Cymru’s hard work on this matter. The current system is a postcode lottery and makes hundreds of seriously ill patients have to overcome bureaucratic hurdles before they can get access to treatment. That’s why Plaid Cymru has long campaigned for a better system, which ends the exceptionality clause – the need for a patient to prove their need is exceptional – and ensures consistent and fair decisions.
“I am particularly pleased that the review panel will include a representative of patients. Irfon Williams has extensive first-hand experience of the inadequacies of the current system, and I am sure that he will ensure that that patient voice is heard.
“After initially rejecting the Plaid Cymru’s calls for a fairer system, today’s announcement is an admission by the Welsh Government that it was wrong to ignore our calls. I am confident that this review will lead to a better and faster process for accessing treatments through IPFR, which will benefit hundreds of patients each year.”