CHESTER MP Chris Matheson has called on Prime Minister Theresa May to take urgent action to allow access to life-saving cystic fibrosis medicine.

Last year, the Prime Minister said she wanted a ‘speedy resolution’ in ongoing negotiations between NHS England, NICE and drug manufacturer Vertex so cystic fibrosis patients could have access to both Orkambi and Symkevi – drugs to help their condition.

Since then, no resolution has been agreed.

Mr Matheson joined his constituent Zoey Jones and her 12-month old daughter Eve, who has cystic fibrosis, to hand in 65 yellow roses at 10 Downing Street last Thursday to mark the anniversary of the stalemate.

'65 roses’ is a term that is used by children to pronounce the name of the disease.

Mr Matheson said: "I am backing the Cystic Fibrosis Trust’s campaign which calls for access to lifesaving drugs for those with cystic fibrosis for my constituent Eve and others who have the condition.

"These negotiations can no longer be about the price of the drug and must start instead to be about Eve and the other children like her.’’

Exactly a year since Theresa May sought a ‘speedy resolution’ to the ongoing dialogue, Mr Matheson delivered a cross party letter signed by 78 MPs calling on the Prime Minister to act and end the wait for thousands living with the life-threatening condition to readily obtain those drugs.