Most of us will have been touched by a serious illness in some way; perhaps we’ve been personally affected, perhaps our friends, relatives, or friends of friends have been affected. And most of us will need to access medicines at some point in our lives, regardless of our background, colour, age, religion or gender.
I’ve joined this campaign because I want to live in a world and society where access to the medicines we need to fight illness are not restricted, and where everyone gets the treatment they need when they fall ill. At the moment this is not the case. Access to medicine is largely controlled by pharmaceutical companies, which increasingly price drugs at astronomical levels. In fact the price is so high that we’re seeing more and more cases where the NHS simply can’t afford to buy them. This is putting people’s lives at risk and it must stop.
Having worked closely with social justice activists and volunteers over many years, I’m excited to be able to use my experience to support patients who are passionate about challenging the power of the pharmaceutical industry and ending its stranglehold over our health system. At a point where our NHS is facing some of the greatest pressures in its history, an end to the escalating cost of medicines is crucial to ensuring its survival. Together I believe we can ensure that everyone can access the treatment they need, when they need it.