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WALES: AM's rap for health coverage 'lottery'.

AN AM last night demanded government ends "a North Wales postcode health lottery".

Forward Wales leader Dr John Marek said patients needing specialist therapies were missing out because of Welsh Assembly funding restrictions.

He highlighted the case of 22-year-old Wrexham woman Alison Priamo, who won a reprieve after her vital multiple sclerosis treatment at Liverpool's Walton Hospital was almost stopped on cost grounds.

Alison said: "Whilst I'm pleased that I have been able to continue my treatment, I believe that it is less than satisfactory that other people with the same condition cannot receive the same therapies."

"If the drugs are proven to work then there is no excuse."

A Health Commission Wales spokesman said: "In the absence of additional funding for DMTs the National Commissioning Advisory Board has agreed that HCW should not take on new cases over and beyond the current level of funding."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Aug 24, 2006
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