Cameron Put On The Spot By Cancer Patient
Wednesday 8th August 2012
David Cameron was challenged live on LBC 97.3 by a cancer sufferer who can't get treatment.
Anna from Finchley told the Prime Minister that her local authority is begging charities for money for her necessary drugs, while we spent £11bn on foreign aid.
Speaking to Nick Ferrari, an emotional Anna said: "It's a horrible feeling, waking every morning, waiting for £250,000 when we're giving billions away abroad. It's not fair."
Mr Cameron said that the is committed to funding new breakthrough cancer treatments.
"We have not cut the NHS budget, we've increased it - that's very important - and we're going to increase it throughout this parliament.
"We introduced the cancer drugs fund, so that people like Anna could get access to drugs when they were previously denied them. I think around 10,000 people have benefitted from that.
"We're looking to see whether we can extend that so that it's not just the drugs that we're getting people, but also complex treatments as well. I'm very committed to doing that."
The Prime Minister defended the ring-fenced £11bn foreign aid budget, adding: "One thing we've done over the last couple of years is invest in vaccines and immunisations for children in the poorest countries in the world.
"That act alone has probably saved the lives of about 3million children.
"We are having a tough time at the moment but we must keep promises to the poorest countries in the world."