Why is new drug being delayed?
AS a mother whose baby son died of meningitis B and septicaemia some years ago, I know only too well the heartbreak such a death causes.
I have raised money for Meningitis UK to fund research into finding a vaccine to eradicate this deadly disease.
Last year I raised £12,500 sponsorship for a skydive and Avon Gorge abseil for the charity. So it was with great joy I read the news that a vaccine bexsero has been licensed.
But my joy quickly turned to dismay when I read that it may take up to a year before it's decided whether to allow the vaccine to be made available on the NHS during which time countless young children may die. Why the delay?
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I have written to Chris Skidmore MP for Kingswood to ask him to use his position as MP to express the need for urgency in reaching a speedy decision in favour of the vaccine being made available as a routine immunisation programme on the NHS. Parents of children should not have to pay for this life-saving vaccine.
Self-inflicted illnesses are treated free, this disease is most certainly not self-inflicted and it kills our children or leaves them severely handicapped. Surely our children's health should be a priority.
I urge all parents to contact their MPs as I have done and bring pressure to bear on those concerned to reach a quick decision in favour of it being available on the NHS.