Jeremy Corbyn has helped get cystic fibrosis drug on the NHS – after Tories failed

Winners: Luis Walker (left), with mum Christina and Jeremy Corbyn, who helped get manufacturers of a life-changing cystic fibrosis drug to provide it to the NHS.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been instrumental in persuading a pharmaceutical giant to provide the NHS with a “life-changing” drug for people with cystic fibrosis.

He appeared on ITV’s This Morning with Luis Walker, the young sufferer whose campaign has led to the result, and his mother Christina. They were interviewed by Richard Madeley and Judy Finnegan, who explained that they are also involved in work for cystic fibrosis sufferers:

Luis had written to Theresa May, when she was prime minister, to help him access the drug Orkambi. But she failed to secure a deal for its provision on the NHS.

According to This Morning‘s YouTube site, “After having no luck – Luis wrote to Jeremy Corbyn, who vowed to take on his fight. It seems like the Labour Leader made all the difference. Yesterday, the NHS announced they had reached a deal with pharmaceutical giants, Vertex, making the drug available to patients in the UK within the next 30 days.”

Note that the NHS in Wales and Northern Ireland are still waiting to get the drug although, from what was said in the segment, it’s just a matter of time.

Mr Corbyn also included a video in his tweet:

This is an excellent demonstration of Jeremy Corbyn’s true quality – so don’t expect to hear much of it on the mainstream media!

After all the attempts to blacken his name with hearsay accusations, this is a clear – factual – demonstration of where the Labour leader’s priorities really lie.

He is all about helping people who need it. Contrast that with Boris Johnson (and indeed Mrs May), who are all about helping themselves.

I know which I would rather have running the country.

And that’s why you shouldn’t expect to see much about this on the national news.

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  1. trev October 25, 2019 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    It will probably make the news but you can bet they’ll downplay Corbyn’s role.

  2. Jeffrey Davies October 25, 2019 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    The Tory’s only goal would b how to get monies from the chemical company ouch

  3. Growing Flame October 25, 2019 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    I have literally just gone online five minutes after watching Channel 4 News where Jeremy Corbyn was being interviewed about this drug. Yet this article was the first inkling I had had that Jeremy had played such a crucial role! It’s as if his work is being deliberately written out of history!! He was recorded making supportive noises but the fact that he took action and succeeded did not figure at all!!

  4. brian October 27, 2019 at 8:20 am - Reply

    Did he really, he joined a campaign and Pharma caved in -Welsh NHS run by Labour doesn’t get it. Hmmm

    • Mike Sivier October 27, 2019 at 4:40 pm - Reply

      He joined a campaign and, from all the information available, provided the added weight needed to win it.

      Do you have information that suggests otherwise? If so, please share – although why you would not have done so already, with your comment, I would like to know too.

      NHS Wales doesn’t get it yet. It is a separate organisation from NHS England because of devolution, as you should be aware.

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