The news that the NHS has awarded funding for second stem cell transplants has been praised by the Polegate MP, Maria Caulfield.
Having been denied funding last year, this comes as welcome news to those patients whose stem cell transplants had been unsuccessful the first time round and had subsequently relapsed.
This funding was awarded as a part of the NHS England’s specialised commissioning prioritisation round. Other procedures included were those to treat glomerulopathy and pulmonary arterial hypertension. It is believed that the extensions of these three procedures alone will benefit up to 145 people per year.
There are 22 new treatment options that have been given additional funding from the NHS. This announcement has come after sufficient lobbying pressure had been put on the Department of Health and NHS England to find the funding for these measures, and particularly for second stem cell transplants.
Maria commented, “This is fantastic news to hear after all of the effort to attempt to convince the Department of Health to consider funding second stem cell transplants.
“I have consistently been supporting this measure, as I attended the adjournment debate secured by Mark Tami MP and have asked questions to the Department of Health concerning this issue in the chamber. It is such a relief to see the NHS recognise this hugely important procedure.
“I know that it will directly benefit around 20 patients a year but it sends a message to the thousands of others who receive stem cell transplants that if they relapse, the NHS will be there to support them.”