Brother to raise cancer cash after securing QMC apology

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A DETERMINED brother who fought for his sister’s right to proper treatment is now fighting to raise cash to help defeat cancer.

Andy Smith campaigned to get his sister urgent treatment after her cancer op at the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham was repeatedly cancelled.

He demanded and won an audience from Health Secretary Andrew Lansley and won the support of Grantham MP Nick Boles before finally seeing his sister, Gill Moulds, receive the operation she needed at the fourth attempt.

And this week, she secured a written apology from Nottingham University Hospitals chief executive Peter Homa.

Gill, who works at Long Bennington Primary School, went with Andy to meet Dr Homa last week.

She said: “I wanted to go because I didn’t want to just be seen as a number. I wanted to show how it has affected not just me but my family too.

“As soon as I walked in and he said sorry I just broke down. I just thought ‘why couldn’t that have happened before?’

“But he did apologise and I’m happy with that. The care I received from the nurses and consultants at QMC was excellent - it was the management we were unhappy with.”

Gill and Andy were told the reason for the delays was due to the high amount of elderly patients being treated at the hospital who stayed at the facility longer than predicted.

Before leaving the meeting, Andy asked Dr Homa if he would join himself in running next month’s Race for Life at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire.

Andy said: “He looked at his diary and said ‘I’m afraid I can see no reason why not!’”

All Andy must do now is convince the organisers of the race to relax their rules on only allowing women to enter.

He plans to run the Race for Life at Clumber Park on Sunday, July 22.

Andy said: “I’ve entered under the name Andi Smith and have been sent my number and everything, so I’m registered.

“I’m still talking to the organisers in the hope I can run the race. Hopefully they will see that I’m just trying to raise awareness and money and allow us to run the race.”

Gill and Andy hope their campaign will help ensure nobody else will suffer in a similar manner.

Gill said: “I don’t want anyone else to go through what I’ve been through.”