Calls for Perjeta to be made available on Scottish NHS backed by Donald Cameron MSP

“Women in Scotland should be able to access the life-extending breast cancer drug Perjeta just like women can in England and Wales”, so says Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron.

The campaign to make the drug Perjeta available in NHS Scotland has been driven by the charity Breast Cancer Now Scotland.

Donald Cameron MSP joined secondary breast cancer patient and Perjeta Now campaigner Jen Hardy at Holyrood to support the charity’s petition calling for the manufacturer Roche, the Scottish Government and the Scottish Medicines Consortium to work together to agree a deal to finally make Perjeta routinely available on the NHS in Scotland.

Perjeta, taken in combination with Herceptin (trastuzumab) and docetaxel (a chemotherapy drug), is a first-line treatment for patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer.

It gives patients with incurable breast cancer nearly 16 additional months of good-quality life, on average – compared to the alternative treatment option of trastuzumab and docetaxel alone.

While it has been the standard of care in England for over four years, Perjeta has been rejected three times in a row by medicines approval body the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) as it is not considered cost-effective.

Following a meeting at the Scottish Parliament last Wednesday between patients, MSPs, the Scottish Government and Roche, it was announced that the drug company intends to make a new application to the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC), for Perjeta to be considered for NHS use in Scotland.

Donald Cameron MSP said:

“It is a travesty that women with incurable breast cancer living in Scotland are still missing out on a life-changing drug that is now routinely available in other parts of the UK.

The precious extra time that Perjeta offers could mean the world to patients. It’s the hope of being able to see their children grow older or spending another Christmas with their loved ones.

That’s why I’m supporting Breast Cancer Now’s campaign to make this drug available to women in Scotland and would encourage local people to do the same”

Donald Cameron MSP Leads Discussion on Improving Accessible Transport

Scottish Conservative MSP Donald Cameron has led a roundtable discussion involving campaign groups from across Scotland on the issue of accessible transport.

The meeting, which was attended by the Minister for Transport and the Islands Humza Yousaf MSP, was set up following a meeting Donald had with a local constituent who raised concerns over lack of accessibility to buses in the Lochaber area.

While it is widely recognised that much has been done over the years to make public transport more accessible, local groups highlighted various issues with public transport that remain a problem for people with visible and non-visible disabilities.

Donald Cameron MSP said:

“It was a pleasure to host this meeting of organisations from across Scotland, and especially the many who came from the Highlands, who all have one thing in common – to make Scotland’s transport network more accessible.

A number of important issues were raised today, and I am sure that the Transport Minister will have had a lot of food for thought ahead of the SNP Government’s proposed Transport Bill.

It is vital that when we consider how to improve Scotland’s transport infrastructure for the future that we proactively include the views of those with visible and non-visible disabilities so that we get it right for all of our citizens.”

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Donald Cameron MSP Welcomes Commitment to Introduce Franks Law

Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron has welcomed the news that legislation to implement Frank’s Law in Scotland has been given the go ahead by MSPs, almost a year after the campaign was launched at Holyrood.

Frank’s Law was named after former Dundee Untied footballer Frank Kopel, who passed away at the age of 65 having suffered from dementia for many years, but was too young to qualify for support.

The new laws will allow those who are under 65 and suffer from conditions like dementia to receive free personal care.

His wife Amanda has spearheaded the campaign, and the Scottish Conservative MSP Miles Briggs helped lead the campaign in Parliament with a Private Members Bill.

Holyrood’s Health Committee today gave the legislation the green light, with a pledge by the Scottish Government to introduce it in 2019.

Donald Cameron MSP said:

“I am delighted that Frank’s Law has been passed by MSPs and now it is up to the SNP Government to deliver on that mandate.

Local people from across Lochaber who are under 65 and suffer from conditions like dementia will now be able to benefit from free personal care, and the burden of the cost of care will for the most part be alleviated.

This is a step in the right direction and I look forward to seeing Frank’s Law finally come to fruition”.