Thursday, 20 June 2019

Questions (164)

Robert Troy

Question:

164. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health if the wording of the Treatments of Cancer (Advertisements) Bill 2018 will be reconsidered (details supplied). [25994/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

It is not the intention that there be any unintended consequences of the Bill. It is not disputed that people can access various therapies. The aim of the Bill is to ensure no false linkages are made between accessing those therapies and a claim that something is a treatment for cancer. People suffering from cancer can be in a very vulnerable position and open to false claims or manipulation. The intention of the Bill is about safeguarding our citizens and making sure they have accurate information regarding medical and scientific advice on how to cure and treat cancer.