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 Monday, 27 January, 2003, 13:15 GMT
MS woman waits for drugs
Kate Ecclestone
Kate Ecclestone says the drugs may help her
A woman suffering from multiple sclerosis says she has been waiting more than four years for treatment.

Kate Ecclestone, 29, believes the drug treatment would alleviate her condition but the West Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust has withheld it because of funding problems.

The trust denies the claim, saying a new system for MS sufferers has recently been introduced and is properly funded.

Ms Ecclestone will now take her case to the National Health Service ombudsman.

Kate is certainly not receiving the care that she deserves

John Morris

She wants to be treated with beta interferon, saying it could cut down on the severity and number of relapses she suffers.

"I went to see my consultant neurologist to find out about when I would actually be put on the drug, and he was saying he thinks about another seven to eight months... but it could be longer.

"I have already been waiting four years for the drug."

Ms Ecclestone's father, John Morris, said the situation was "absolutely diabolical".

New service

"We couldn't believe it when she was diagnosed, that the health authorities and the National Health Service itself have not provided the treatment that would have stopped her deteriorating to this extent.

"We are paying clearly through our tax system for our care, but Kate is certainly not receiving the care that she deserves."

Bob Neilans, commissioning manager for the trust, said a new national service had recently been set up to deal with MS sufferers.

Ms Ecclestone, like all MS sufferers in the region, would be treated in a "planned manner" and adequate resources would be available, he said.


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