MIN­IS­TER IN­TER­VENES

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IT’S hoped a last minute in­ter­ven­tion by Health Min­is­ter Si­mon Harris will see a vi­tal life-chang­ing kid­ney can­cer drug given to lo­cal can­cer fundraiser Peter Milne.

In a state­ment to this news­pa­per yes­ter­day (Mon­day) af­ter­noon, the Depart­ment of Health said that the HSE told them that it “ex­pects the treat­ment to be avail­able from 1 Novem­ber 2017.”

How­ever when it was put to them that that might be too late for Peter Milne, Min­is­ter Harris told this news­pa­per that “he was aware of the par­tic­u­lar cir­cum­stances of the case” and “he’d like to see an in­terim so­lu­tion found.”

Peter ur­gently needs the drug Nivolumab to con­trol his kid­ney can­cer.

His wife Bernie Mar­ron said “1st Novem­ber is six weeks away. Peter can’t be without ef­fec­tive treat­ment for six weeks.”

“It’s great is avail­able 1st Novem­ber but we’d be hap­pier if it was avail­able 1st of Oc­to­ber,” she said.

Sligo/Leitrim Deputies Tony McLough­lin and Ea­mon Scan­lon raised the mat­ter. A pe­ti­tion is also run­ning on change.org.

Peter Milne in hospi­tal last week.

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