Support for Penny

A TERMINALLY-ill woman from Belper who has been fighting to get the NHS to fund a drug that could potentially extend her life has received the support of her MP.

Penny Wheeler, of Beaurepaire Crescent, who has scleroderma and pulmonary fibrosis, should get rituximab on the health service according to Belper’s Conservative MP Pauline Latham.

Derbyshire County Primary Care Trust said Mrs Wheeler’s condition was not rare enough for it to fund the medication.

But Mrs Latham said the drug had worked on patients with similar conditions in other parts of the country. The treatment would cost about £26,000 a year.