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(1 of 2) Shutdown locks 30 kids with cancer out of treatment programs per week

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Via: Raw Story

Each week that Republican politicians refuse to end the shutdown of the federal government results in 200 cancer patients being unable to enroll in treatment programs at the National Institutes of Health, 30 of them children. According to the Atlantic, the number came from a Wall Street Journal article with an interview with NIH director Francis Collins.

“At the National Institutes of Health,” said the Journal, “nearly three-quarters of the staff was furloughed. One result: director Francis Collins said about 200 patients who otherwise would be admitted to the NIH Clinical Center into clinical trials each week will be turned away. This includes about 30 children, most of them cancer patients, he said.”

Brad Plumer at the Washington Post reported that the NIH Clinical Center is often the last hope of very ill patients.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/10/02/shutdown-locks-30-kids-with-cancer-per-week-out-of-treatment-programs/

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