Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin backs blood cancer campaign

Dudley MP Ian Austin has backed a campaign against cuts to treatment for blood cancer.

NHS England announced in July that it would no longer commission a second stem cell transplant for people with blood cancer who have relapsed.

Blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan says that one in three patients receiving a second transplant then survive for at least five years.

The move has sparked public outcry, with 18,000 people signing a letter to the government and thirty top transplant clinicians warning that lives would be lost in an open letter to The Times.

Austin has written to the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt urging him to raise the issue with NHS England and make sure that lives are not lost as a result of the decision.

Ian Austin said:

“This decision will have real consequences for people with blood cancer across Britain.

“Unfortunately this cutback is another consequence of the Government’s decision to spend £3 billion on a bureaucratic reorganisation of the NHS instead of frontline care.

“I’ve written to Jeremy Hunt urging him to listen to experts and charities like Anthony Nolan who say lives will be lost as a result of this decision.”

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