Tuesday, March 15, 2011

U.K. Member of Parliament helping 66 year-old man denied lung transplant because of age

MP takes Bill Clark’s fight for lung transplant to the top

See my Previous post about Bill Clark, who has pulmonary fibrosis, being denied a lung transplant. Now it's great to see that others have taken up his fight.

The Bolton News

A BOLTON MP fighting to help a man who claims he has been handed a “death sentence” by a hospital has demanded a meeting with Health Secretary Andrew Lansley over the issue.

Bill Clark, aged 66, has been taken off the waiting list for a double lung transplant, claiming doctors told him he is too old for the operation.

Bosses at Wythenshawe Hospital have said they take a range of factors into account, including age, and he is no longer suitable.

Now Yasmin Qureshi, who represents the south east of the town, has taken up his case.

Ms Qureshi wrote to Mr Lansley highlighting Mr Clark’s case but is unhappy with the response she received.

A letter from minister Anne Milton explains there is an acute shortage of organs donated leading to difficult decisions.

It goes on to say this would be down to a multi-disciplinary team adding she is unable to comment or intervene in individual cases.

Ms Qureshi has replied asking to meet with Mr Lansley, saying: “I am afraid that I am not happy with the contents of this letter and I wish to speak to you in person about Mr Clark’s case.”

Her office is now waiting to hear when a meeting can be arranged.

Grandfather Mr Clark, of Duchy Avenue, Over Hulton, who is married to Barbara, said: “It was good to meet Ms Qureshi and I am pleased she is helping me.

“She is really having a go and I have my fingers crossed that if we keep going we will get a result. I feel more positive and hope to get back on the list. I would tell Andrew Lansley to get up-to-date with the times, people might be working until they are 70 or older but apparently 66 is too old for an operation.”

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