Rachel has raised the case one of her constituents who wants to see more Cystic Fibrosis sufferers benefit from life-changing drugs with the Health and Social Care Secretary.
In Health and Social Care Questions yesterday (March 26th), Rachel spoke in the House of Commons about a constituent’s story who recently attended one of her regular surgeries.
Nicco Andrews, from Redditch, was born with Cystic Fibrosis and was fortunate enough to be selected to take part in the Orkambi drug trial.
At Rachel’s surgery, Nicco spoke to her about the positive impact the drug was having on his health and his life. He then called for more sufferers to have access to this life-changing drug.
Rachel backed his calls and today asked the Health and Social Care Secretary what response he could give to Nicco.
Responding to Rachel’s question, Matt Hancock said: “I know the impact that Cystic Fibrosis can have on people and of the hope that these drugs will save lives. We have made a significant offer to the pharmaceutical company, Vertex, to allow these drugs to be provided in the UK, and I very much hope we can come to an agreement.”
In welcoming the Health and Social Care Secretary’s question, Rachel said: “Nicco’s story has stuck in my mind since meeting him. He spoke so positively about the impact this trial has had on his life and of course his health.
“He wants to ensure thousands of sufferers get the chance to receive this life-changing drug too. I’m backing him all the way on this.
“I very much welcome the Health and Social Care Secretary’s response and share his desire for an agreement to be reached between the NHS and Vertex. Thousands of more lives can be improved and saved if sufferers get access to this drug.”