Caerphilly cancer patient wins court battle for surgery

Caerphilly cancer patient wins court battle for surgery

12/3/2021 9:41:00 PM

Caerphilly cancer patient wins court battle for surgery

Maria Wallpott, 50, was diagnosed with stage four appendix cancer in April, which has since spread.

Ms Wallpott said she felt like the victim of "an NHS postcode lottery"A woman who took health bosses to court after they twice refused to pay for her cancer surgery has won her case.Maria Wallpott, of Pontllanfraith, in Caerphilly county, was diagnosed with stage four appendix cancer in April, which has since spread to her ovaries.

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She went to court after funding was refused for her treatment by Aneurin Bevan health board and the Welsh Health Specialist Services Committee.Ms Wallpott said she was "relieved" the court had found in her favour."I want to live to see my children graduate, fall in love, and have their own children, is that too much to ask?" she added.

The £73,000 treatment is only granted in exceptional circumstances in Wales, but is automatically available to patients in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland.Cancer: Woman goes to court over NHS surgery refusalThe court heard the procedure is said to result in patients having a 40% chance of surviving for five years.

In her judgment at the High Court in Cardiff on Friday, Mrs Justice Steyn found the panel's decision was unlawful.During a two-day hearing, health board lawyers argued the decision by Welsh Individual Patients Funding Requests (IPFR) was correct and mother-of-two Ms Wallpott, 50, did not meet the criteria.

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Image caption,The case was heard at the Cardiff Civil and Family Justice CentreThey said there was a lack of evidence to show it would help her and would "not be cost-effective".However, Vikram Sachdeva QC, representing Ms Wallpott, argued the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice) guidance said the procedure could benefit those with his client's condition.

Mr Sachdeva said it could potentially save her life, and at least improve it."Patients are entitled to a lawful decision-making process, especially when these decisions could mean the difference between life or death," he said.Speaking after the hearing, Ms Wallpott said: "The IPFR panel, made up of non-experts in my condition, have forgotten they are dealing with a human being, not hypothetical case studies.

"I still, however, need the IPFR panel to do the right thing and give me a chance of surviving this cancer."The WHSSC, a joint committee made up of the seven local health boards in Wales, said decisions on services were based on reviewing evidence of clinical and cost-effectiveness.

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It said it could not comment on individual cases but would "reflect on the court's judgement and take the appropriate actions".

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Wales, a devolved executive, won't pay for cancer treatment as they can't afford it. Roll on indy, it's going to be fun.

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Cancer patient would not benefit from surgery - health boardHealth board says there is 'no point' operating on Maria Wallpot, 50, who has stage four cancer. This is a disgrace, it's no amount of money really compared to the billions that's been wasted on failed apps etc. How much time has she wasted having to fight for her life instead of being able to live and make memories. I dispair!!! Aren't Dr's supposed to try and save you regardless of cost, all lives are priceless money should never be allowed to dictate your life span. So today you put a value on someone’s health, tomorrow on someone’s life then the next day you become a murderer? Be very careful where you draw the line.

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