Chris Newdick was appointed by the Welsh government to be a member of a six-person Committee of Public Inquiry into NHS Wales on Individual Patient Funding Requests for medicines and other treatments not routinely purchased by the NHS. The report and the evidence it received were published in January 2017.
In March 2017, the Welsh government accepted all of the report’s recommendations. The proposals are to be implemented throughout Wales by September 2017. In his statement to the Welsh Assembly, the Welsh Cabinet Secretary, Vaughan Gething states: “Today, I’ve written to health board chairs to confirm the arrangements for implementing all of the recommendations by September of this year… taken together, all of the recommendations, when implemented, will have a positive impact on the IPFR process, making it more easily understandable and less prone to being misused… I would like to finish by thanking the review group in their entirety for their effort and commitment in tackling what is a highly complex area, and in doing so compassionately and intelligently, and delivering their recommendations within a challenging timeframe” (agenda item 3).