Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin: Government must act on life-saving cancer drugs

Dudley MP Ian Austin has urged the government to relicense old drugs that could save cancer patients’ lives.

Charities including the Breast Cancer Campaign are calling for old drugs that are no longer patented to be relicensed to treat cancer patients.

The government came in for criticism last month when it failed to back new legislation to relicense the drugs which cost as little as 6p a week, promising an alternative solution instead.

Austin worked with local campaigners to support new laws, and has now written to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt urging him to take action.

Ian Austin said:

“People in Dudley deserve the best possible healthcare, so there’s no reason why the government shouldn’t take action to make these cheap, effective cancer drugs available.

“That’s why I’m working with local campaigners to force the government to keep its promise to relicense these drugs.”

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