20th Nov, 2019

Redditch MP takes Cystic Fibrosis sufferer's plea straight to Health Secretary

Correspondent 27th Mar, 2019

REDDITCH MP Rachel Maclean has raised the case one of a Redditch man who wants to see more Cystic Fibrosis sufferers benefit from life-changing drugs with the Health and Social Care Secretary.

In Health and Social Care Questions on Tuesday, March 26th, Mrs Maclean about a constituent’s story who attended one of her surgeries.

Nicco Andrews was born with Cystic Fibrosis and was fortunate enough to be selected to take part in the Orkambi drug trial.

Nicco told Mrs Maclean about the positive impact the drug was having on his health and called for more sufferers to have access to this life-changing drug.

The MP backed his calls and took the issue to Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock to ask what response he could give Nicco.

The Secretary of State said: “I know the impact that Cystic Fibrosis can have on people and of the hope that these drugs will save lives.

“We have made a significant offer to the pharmaceutical company, Vertex, to allow these drugs to be provided in the UK, and I very much hope we can come to an agreement.”

In response Mrs Maclean said: “Nicco’s story has stuck in my mind since meeting him.

“He spoke so positively about the impact this trial has had on his life and of course his health.

“He wants to ensure thousands of sufferers get the chance to receive this life-changing drug too. I’m backing him all the way on this.

“I very much welcome the Health and Social Care Secretary’s response and share his desire for an agreement to be reached between the NHS and Vertex. Thousands of more lives can be improved and saved if sufferers get access to this drug.”

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