Charles Walker backs calls for the drug Orkambi to be available on the NHS for people with Cystic Fibrosis

Charles Walker backs calls for the drug Orkambi to be available on the NHS for people with Cystic Fibrosis and urges the Government to encourage pharmaceutical company Vertex and NHS England to find common ground so that a deal can be done.

Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne) (Con)
I discussed this with my hon. Friend the Member for Meon Valley (George Hollingbery), who is in the Chamber. We decided that it is essential for Vertex and NHS England to be reasonable. There is common ground and a deal to be done. Both sides need to work towards that with the encouragement of the Minister and the Department of Health and Social Care.

Paul Scully
I totally agree. When I say that the Government is not the purchaser of the drug, it does not mean that they are without responsibility. The Government have a position, which I will flesh out in a short time, but it is important that they play the role of middleman to encourage negotiations between Vertex and NHS England to ensure that sufferers can get the cutting-edge treatment they deserve.

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