Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Questions (360)

Peter Fitzpatrick

Question:

360. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Health if he will address the concerns of a person (details supplied) regarding the upcoming Treatment of Cancer (Advertisements) Bill 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52747/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Bill referred to is a Private Members Bill initiated by Deputy Kate O'Connell. When the Bill was passing Second Stage, I confirmed my Department would work with Deputy O'Connell on the areas that require further examination.

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.  Its aim is to ensure no false linkages are made between accessing various therapies and a claim that something is a treatment for cancer.  

Under the National Cancer Strategy 2017-26, the primary aim for all cancer services is to provide evidence-based care that is effective, safe, of high quality, patient-centred and fully supported by national standards and clinical guidelines.