Mum launches petition over drugs funding

Sandi Adams with her son Nick.
Sandi Adams with her son Nick.

The mother of a Skegness man who died from kidney cancer has launched an online petition against an announcement to stop funding 25 cancer treatments.

Earlier this month, health chiefs announced that the treatments will no longer be funded by the NHS in England as of April 2015.

Sandi Adams said: “I’m alarmed at the impact this would have on the patients currently requiring treatments.”

Her late son Nick Adams was diagnosed with cancer 
in 2006, and died the 
following year aged 24.

During this time family and friends raised thousands to buy the drug Sutent, to prolong his life, costing £4,000 a month. The drug was not initially available on the NHS.

Sandi successfully fought the local primary care trust to get the drug prescribed.

“We had a very valuable extra 10 months with Nick, which we couldn’t have put a price on,” she said.

Sandi’s campaign then raised £50,000 for a room in memory of Nick at Boston’s Butterfly Hospice and she proudly cut the ribbon to open the facility in August 2014.

The NHS says it was forced to make the cuts after the Cancer Drugs Fund was set to go over budget in 2014-15.

Sandi said: “We do not want to become a two-tier society where you only get drugs if you can afford private 
healthcare,”

Visit www.ipetitions.com/petition/no-funding-restric
tions-on-cancer-drugs to sign the petition.