Bowel Cancer UK advises carers

Bowel Cancer UK is encouraging patients and carers to campaign for treatments ­denied to them by the NHS. It has created information and advocacy packs to help them achieve this.

The ‘patient campaigning packs’ include advice about contacting the media, gaining the support of local MPs and appealing against Primary Care Trust (PCT) decisions, including how to seek legal redress. It also offers information and links to bowel cancer-related services.

The charity will give out the packs to patients (as well as doctors and carers) who have been told they cannot receive clinically-advised treatments owing to NHS cash restraints.

One of the patients Bowel Cancer UK has been helping has been granted a Judicial Review at the Royal Courts of Justice – the first case of its kind for an individual with bowel cancer.

The charity’s director of PR and public ­affairs, Ian Beaumont, appeared as a witness in this week’s House of Commons Health Select Committee ­inquiry into the role of National Institute for Clinical Excellence.

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