Methil Cancer victim to meet with NHS bosses

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A CANCER-STRICKEN man from Methil who is begging NHS Fife to fund life-saving treatment has secured a meeting with its boss.

Tarek Ramzi (56), from Kirkland Walk, has an inoperable tumour on his lung which, if left untreated, could mean he has only six months to live.

However, NHS Fife refused to put up the cash for pioneering ‘CyberKnife’ therapy in England because there was “no evidence“ the radiation treatment was effective.

Cllr Andrew Rodger, who recently took on Mr Ramzi’s case, said: “Why would health boards down south be investing £15 million in this machinery if they didn’t think it worked?

“CyberKnife has been used on over 50,000 patients worldwide and has been used mainly on the lung, brain and spinal cord. Furthermore Mr Ramzi has been assessed by an oncology professor who considers him an ideal candidate for it.

“Have the people in Fife got it right and the people down south have it wrong? No, it’s down to money and this cannot go on.”

NHS Fife has always stressed the decision not to treat Mr Ramzi was unrelated to costs.

However, in a letter to the father-of-two in August, NHS Fife stated the cost of £44,000 exceeded the ‘Quality Added Life Years’ limit of £30,000.

That cost has since been revised to £22,500 after five tumours were removed from Mr Ramzi’s brain last year through a similar treatment.

“It took them two months to send a letter to Mr Ramzi to tell him his appeal had been rejected – that’s absolutely shocking when time is of the essence,“ said Cllr Rodger.

Further to his intervention, Brian Montgomery, medical director of NHS Fife has agreed to meet with Mr Ramzi.

Meanwhile, the Levenmouth community has rallied to raise the cash for treatment and has so far amassed over £3000.

An art exhibition is planned over the weekend of April 23 and 24 at the Caledonian Hotel with an auction taking place at 3pm on the Sunday.

Various works have been donated from mainly Fife-based artists and other craft stalls will also be selling goods.