KILKENNY TD Kathleen Funchion has called on Health Minister Simon Harris to have a face-to-face meeting with a seriously-ill Kilkenny man who is being denied access to a life-saving drug. Minister Harris failed to give specific answers when asked if local man John Holmes (pictured above) would be given access to the drug Pembrolizumab (Pembro) […]
KILKENNY TD Kathleen Funchion has urged Health Minister Simon Harris to “show a lot more leadership” and order the Health Service Executive (HSE) to make a life-saving drug available to a seriously ill Kilkenny man. John Holmes recently received his tenth infusion of the drug Pembrolizumab (Pembro) at a cost of more than €50,000. So […]
OUTSPOKEN Kilkenny TD John McGuinness has challenged the Government not to be “cold” and “callous” by standing back and letting a local man who badly needs access to a life-saving drug to die. Deputy McGuiness and his constituency colleague, Sinn Féin TD Kathleen Funchion, both raised the plight of Kilkenny man John Holmes (pictured above) […]
KILKENNY campaigner Vicky Phelan paid an emotional tribute to her fellow “cervical cancer warrior” Tracey Brennan who was laid to rest today. Ms Brennan had tirelessly lobbied the Government alongside Ms Phelan and fellow campaigner Aine Morgan (pictured together above) for the expensive Pembrolizumab drug to be available to every single woman enduring cervical cancer.
By KIERAN CONWAY THE people of Kilkenny have rallied magnificently for the ‘John Needs Pembro’ campaign. There are many reasons why the campaign has achieved so much attention and support. John Holmes’ stoic bravery in the face of a harrowing seven-year ordeal naturally elicited sympathy. His standing in the community as family man, a good […]