October 16, 2018
Wāhine march to extend life
Supporters of women who want Pharmac to fund their cancer drugs feel heartened by the response from MPs when they delivered letters asking for an inquiry.
Abour 200 women and their whānau marched on parliament to present the letters.
Malcolm Mulholland, whose wife Wiki has cancer, says many of the women are privately funding their treatments, which on average can give them a couple of years extra life.
The letters called for the health and Māori affairs select committees to look into Pharmac’s policies, especially as they affect Māori.
"The words that were spoken by Louisa Wall in particular were very encouraging. She didn’t say they were going to have an inquiry per se but she definitely did say they want to take a good long hard look at Pharmac and if these women don’t benefit directly from what whatever these select committees do, their legacy will impact upon future generations of women," Mr Mulholland says.
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