The psychologist denied access to potentially dangerous to life-saving cancer drugs because NGS services were suspended due Covid-19 is trying to raise £240,000 to buy medicines in private.
Wendy peak said it was “awful, just awful” that she and her husband, Andrew, are forced to use their savings to reduce the pension money and remortgage your house to raise money for the treatment that she had to learn on the NHS until the pandemic struck.
Their daughters, India Bella, created an appeal to raise funds on social media to overcome a £100,000 gap between own resources and the cost of treatment.
Peak, an educational and child psychologist in Cheshire, was diagnosed in November of last year from liver cancer. She had her first session of chemotherapy on March 27, but said March 23 is the first day of blocking that treatment is not.
“The next day they told me that the treatment is not, and the manner in which I was told was that day when I lost the trust and respect of the hospital and the day my life catapulted in unbearable turmoil. [The NHS displayed] and arrogant attitude,” she told the Guardian.
“Watching family members fight destructive decisions on my behalf in the hospital was heartbreaking. I had to go with my tumor is not treated within eight months.”
Peak, 58, had to undergo a treatment called chemosaturation therapy to the liver is isolated and injected high doses of the drug melphalan, which is then removed before it can leak into the body. Now she had the first session of the drug later this month in a private clinic, thinking that her proven success in reducing and sometimes banishing tumors is in large amount, it will have to pay.
Mary Smith of Novum law, the lawyer said, according to the NHS removing her care was potentially illegal. “For patients to be removed from the courtroom and asked to Fund potentially life-saving treatment in hospitals are empty, or is significantly below the normal power, so many doctors and other health professionals have the ability and desire to treat them, is unacceptable.
“This is not only a potential breach of contract, but also probably a violation of government systematic duties in accordance with articles 2 and 3 of the European Convention on human rights to a properly functioning healthcare framework for the protection of life and equitable access to health care,” she added.
The disclosure provisions of the peak occurs on the background of the alert from one of the leading UK experts in the field of cancer epidemiology that as many as 35,000 people may die from this disease over the next 12 months because they are unable to access assistance during a pandemic. Mark Lawler, Professor of digital health at Queen’s University in Belfast, recalls the figure is a “worst case scenario” – on Monday, the newspaper “Panorama”, in Bi-bi-si programs of current Affairs.
Lawler is a research guide for information-may that collects information on cancer in the UK. He and his colleagues analyze the possible consequences service suspension. He said: “the initial information we received was very disturbing to us. We felt that in the worst case, there would be 35,000 unnecessary [cancer] deaths in the United Kingdom [in the next year]. Obviously, scientists would like correct from the point of view of their analysis, but I hope I’m wrong in respect to it.”
However, NHS England has rejected the projection of Lawler as a “hypothetical prediction”. “After all the relevant and necessary suspension of some cancer treatments during the outbreak, as a rule, to protect cancer patients with weakened immune systems infections, vital tests and treatments are in a safe path for thousands of patients, including through the introduction of Covid protected cancer nodes”, – said the press Secretary.
Panorama also deals Kelly Smith of Manchester, who died from bowel cancer on June 13, after her chemotherapy was suspended for 12 months if a pandemic hit.
Dr Gary Marlowe, GP, said that family physicians referred 60% fewer people with suspected cancer symptoms for diagnostic tests the NHS in April because people don’t want to bother the NHS when he focuses on Covid-19. In addition, “there is a big cohort of people who are very worried about approaching the NHS, because the NHS is coming “means” I’m going to do Covid so I’ll be very, very bad,” he said.
Prof Pat price, a clinical oncologist, told panorama that radiotherapy facilities outbreaks in some hospitals “is not the case … they could save a life.” Patients who could safely treatment were unable to access it, she added. Cancer services should be restarted urgently to save as many lives as possible, – said price.
But Professor Peter Johnson, NHS England national clinical Director for Cancer, said that services were suspended, so that patients are at risk because their disease was not put at additional risk from coronavirus as a result of treatment.
“In particular, the risks and benefits of such things as chemotherapy, where chemotherapy is not absolutely necessary, but it can be dangerous in increasing the risk of syndrome … this is not an attempt of the police who should have treatment and who is not. It was rather an attempt to help people to think very clearly”.
Panorama: in the UK Cancer crisis Bi-bi-si oneMonday 6 July at 7.30 PM
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