I spent an exhausting day in Westminster meeting parliamentarians this week. Henry Smith MP, Mark Durkan MP and Nic Dakin MP all gave up their valuable time to sit with me in Portcullis House to discuss Khalid Younis, Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML) and the problem we currently face with the lack of an appraisal system for new drugs.

All three MPs were incredibly kind with their time and very supportive. They all agreed to support a letter from Roger Godsiff MP (Khalid’s member of parliament) to the Prime Minister asking him to intervene in Khalid’s case as well as agreeing to submit written parliamentary questions where appropriate. All three were very concerned with the issues I raised and offered lots of advice and opinion on how we can move forward.

It’s great to have days like this. We’ve made friends with more, influential, people who now know about the struggle CML patients face as well as issues facing the wider cancer community. Although to their credit all three men were very aware of the restrictions faced getting the right drugs to the right people in a timely and cost-effective way. I certainly appreciated the balance in conversation; we all know that the funding pot is finite but to have a productive discussion on how to address this in a fair and progressive way, ensures we, as patients, become part of the solution, rather than part of the problem.

I’ll progress this by suggesting some written questions we can submit and go on record by thanking all three gentlemen very much for caring about CML patients.

Best, Kris

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