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Patient refused funding for cannabis drug: Why are other areas funding it?

Yvette Hodges has been refused funding for a cannabis-based drug by the NHS - despite having had it recommended by her GP.

She is currently on high levels of oral morphine to try to tackle the pain caused by Multiple Sclerosis (MS), but is keen to wean herself off the highly addictive medication as soon as possible - particularly if there is an alternative available.

The Worcestershire Area Prescribing Committee, responsible for commissioning drugs, has refused her the treatment, saying they need more evidence that it is value for money.

NHS governing bodies in the Calendar region have also refused to fund the drug. But Ms Hodges says people in other areas have been given the funding.

"Postcode lottery" for patients prescribed first cannabis-based drug

A multiple sclerosis patient has hit out at a "postcode lottery" in treatments for the condition as she battles to get funding for the UK's first licensed cannabis-based medication.

Yvette Hodges says the needs the drug Savitex
Yvette Hodges says the needs the drug Savitex Credit: ITV

Yvette Hodges, 39, had Sativex recommended to her by her neurologist as an add-on treatment to reduce the pain caused by severe spasms in her legs. The pain makes walking almost impossible.

She has to use crutches around the house, and a wheelchair when outside, as she is in danger of falling.

Ms Hodges lives in Redditch - but all NHS governing bodies in the Calendar region have also refused to fund the drug.


Breakthrough blood test may help detect cancer

Researchers at the university of Bradford may have made a major breakthrough with the development of a simple blood test to detect cancer.

New blood test may help detect cancer
New blood test may help detect cancer Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Experts say the test, which is currently being trialled at Bradford Royal Infirmary, has shown remarkable results. It has been in the research stages for over a decade but has so far proved accurate in detecting several different cancers.

MS sufferer calls for 'cannabis' drug to be made available throughout UK

A woman with multiple sclerosis say she has been the victim of a postcode lottery after being refused a drug - available in other parts of the country - which could significantly reduce her pain. Yvette Hodges has the support of her neurologist and her local MP but the NHS won't fund her treatment. The MS Society is now campaigning for the UKs first licensed drug based on cannabis to be more widely available and says it would help reduce the number of people who feel forced to self medicate with illegal drugs. Charlotte Cross reports.


Campaigners warn against privatisation of NHS

Campaigners in Hull have delivered a petition to the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) opposing what they call the privatisation of the NHS.

'Save our NHS' say sexual health, anxiety & depression and physiotherapy services should be kept in the hands of the NHS, not with private companies.

The Hull CCG say they are committed to upholding the principles of the NHS and access to services is based on clinical need, not an individual's ability to pay:

Cleethorpes Pool re-opens with new non-slip floor

The swimming pool at Cleethorpes Leisure Centre will reopen to the public today with a brand new tiled floor surrounding the pool.

The pool has been closed for around five weeks to replace a resin coated quartz surface with a tiled material following concerns raised by users and North East Lincolnshire Council.

Cleethorpes Pool re-opens today after a five week closure
Cleethorpes Pool re-opens today after a five week closure Credit: ITV Yorkshire

RNLI launch drowning awareness campaign

The RNLI are launching a major drowning awareness campaign "Respect the Water" today , warning people to stay safe this summer.

The RNLI have launched a new camapign warning of the dangers of drowning along the region's coastline
The RNLI have launched a new camapign warning of the dangers of drowning along the region's coastline Credit: RNLI

The campaign coincides with the charity revealing fifteen people accidentally lost their lives on the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire coast over the past 3 years.

There was also a high number of near-misses on the region's coastline in the past year as 239 lives were saved by the RNLI's lifeboat crews.

Unique scheme to look after Doncaster's vulnerable

With cuts taking a heavy toll of public services in our region a call is going out for people to help care for some of the most vulnerable in society.

The plea is being made by the charity Shared Lives, which has a unique way of looking after those in need.

Instead of staying in council-run care homes, they ask families to house them.

The scheme has been a success nationally and is now launching in Doncaster. Rachel Townsend has met a South Yorkshire couple who've been caring for one man for over 30 years.

The Avalon Group are taking charge of the Shared Lives scheme in Doncaster. More details can be obtained by logging onto their website:

www.avalongroup.org.uk http://twitter.com/TheAvalonGroup

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