MP speaks out to help ease burden on cancer patients

PUBLISHED: 11:37 15 December 2006 | UPDATED: 19:53 01 June 2010

HENRY Bellingham MP has given his support to tackling the financial burden faced by local cancer patients and their families. Speaking after a meeting with local Macmillan staff Mr Bellingham, MP for North-West Norfolk, said: It is unacceptable that over

HENRY Bellingham MP has given his support to tackling the financial burden faced by local cancer patients and their families.

Speaking after a meeting with local Macmillan staff Mr Bellingham, MP for North-West Norfolk, said: "It is unacceptable that over half of people with terminal cancer are not getting benefits which are rightfully theirs.

"This could be because either they don't know they can claim, or because of the complexity of the system.

"One simple way to ease the financial burden on cancer patients would be to ensure patients undergoing treatment are exempt from all hospital parking charges and for hospitals to properly advertise their hospital travel costs schemes to cancer patients."

Mr Bellingham said he would be writing to Ruth May, chief executive of Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn, to suggest that all their cancer patients should be exempt from hospital parking charges.


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