Today's decision by the NHS in England to approve the drug Spinraza for patients with SMA - Spinal Muscular Atrophy - will put further pressure on the Irish Government to approve the drug here.

That's according to Mayo Fianna Fail TD Lisa Chambers.

The NHS has reached agreement with the drug manufacturers Biogen to fund the treatment.

In Ireland, a decision was expected yesterday in relation to Spinraza, but Mayo Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway-Walsh told Midwest News that the decision has been delayed yet again, and said this was unfair on the two Mayo families affected.

Deputy Lisa Chambers told Midwest News that the Irish Government is dragging its feet on this decision, but said today's news from England will put further pressure on the HSE and Health Minister Simon Harris to approve the drug here.

Senator Conway-Walsh is also raising the matter in the Seanad again today and says the Irish Government must act quickly so children can access this life-changing treatment.

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