Dept of Health drags heels on medicine funding requests

Hold up is adding to major delays in getting medicines to patients

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
9th July, 2017

The Department of Health has been sitting on requests to fund additional medicines for months, adding to major delays in getting medicines to patients.

The HSE submitted a formal request for additional funding to purchase a medicine called Erivedge, which helps treat a type of skin cancer, last October.

As reported by this newspaper in recent weeks, Erivedge is one of nine medicines and treatments that the HSE wants to provide to patients.

Subscribe from just €1 for the first month!

Exclusive offers:

All Digital Access + eReader



Unlimited Access for 1 Month, €19.99 Monthly thereafter

Get basic

*New subscribers only

You can cancel any time.



€149 For the 1st Year

Unlimited Access for 1 Year

You can cancel any time.




90 Day Pass

You can cancel any time.

2 Yearly



Unlimited Access for 2 Years

You can cancel any time.

Team Pass

Get a Business Account for you and your team

Share this post

Related Stories

Some people with cystic fibrosis still awaiting Covid-19 vaccine, charity warns

Health Donal MacNamee 3 days ago

Top medic: ‘If the state can pay for Viagra, it can pay for extreme pregnancy sickness drugs’

Health Daniel Murray 1 week ago

Over 300 administered vaccine doses not recorded as given to priority groups

Health Rachel Lavin 1 week ago

Praxis Care to hire 400 new carers as demand for services grows