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Cancer survivor hits out at healthcare
6:00pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
A FORMER cancer victim claims she has been left in constant pain with ongoing sickness due to a lack of medical care, even once being told she was only suitable for pallative care.
Irene Thompson from Beach Way in Jaywick has hit out at her local doctors surgery, Green Elms, and Clacton and Colchester hospitals for not dealing with her ailments.
The 58-year-old underwent surgery to remove a cancerous piece of her lung in January 2012 before having chemotherapy.
But she claims since then a catalogue of poor care has left her in pain and distress.
She suffers from acid reflux, has a hiatis hernia, and various pains across her body, but says she is not being given medication to ease the conditions.
Irene also says a doctor incorrectly told her last month that was was under hospice pallative only care despite previously being told she was in remission.
Her husband David said: “It made us think she doesn’t have long to live, but the hospice then said she wasn’t under their care.
“Irene’s at her wits end and all this has upset the whole family.”
A spokesperson for Anglian Community Enterprise (ACE), which runs Green Elms surgery, said: “We are not permitted to discuss an individual patient’s care as this would breach patient confidentiality rulings.
“Neither the surgery or our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) has received a complaint from Mrs Thompson.
"If Mrs Thompson is displeased with any aspect of the surgery’s service, we would encourage her to contact our PALS service so we can talk with her and address any concerns she may have.”
A spokesman for Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust also urged Mrs Thompson to call the PALS service to raise any concerns.
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