Spain: Hepatitis C patients stage sit-in to demand access to new treatment

Protest at Madrid hospital aims to shame the government into releasing more funds

The government is authorizing expensive new drugs to treat the worst cases of hepatitis C, but these are being prescribed sparingly by doctors in the public health service.

And when they do, the medication takes weeks to reach the patient.

As a result, desperate sufferers have decided to take action with a sit-in at a Madrid hospital in the hope they can pressure authorities into being more generous with the treatment.


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