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NHS trust under fire for drugs sale

Published on 19/04/2010
Drugs used to treat cancer patients in the UK are now in short supply after more than £4 million worth of the medication was sold abroad by a hospital trust.

The Department of Health had already deemed the Royal Surrey County Hospital Foundation Trust's overseas trade as "wholly unacceptable" earlier this year, explaining that the move would leave Brits vulnerable to a lack of medicines.

Four of the traded cancer drugs sold have now been added to a short supply list for the NHS, according to report from the Health Service Journal.

In response, Liberal Democrat health spokesman Norman Lamb said: "It's disgraceful that an NHS hospital has been selling drugs abroad for profit when they are now in short supply.

"The supply problems which have been affecting patients and pharmacists are putting real pressure on the NHS and are enormously worrying to patients who need these vital drugs."

By investing in medical insurance, people can expect quicker and more widespread access to essential drugs for the best treatment possible, without risk of short supply or delay.
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