I’ve attended consultations between members and consultants – usually consultant Haematologists in the past.  I’m doing so again tomorrow.  A lady who lives not very far from here is aged 62.  She was diagnosed as having Pernicious Anaemia when she was forty and, for twenty years, she had a two-monthly injections.  Two and a half years ago her doctor told her that she no longer needed the injections because her B12 “was fine” and when she questioned this with the nurse she was told that “people just use B12 like a drug”.

She has fought a two and a half year battle to get her treatment reinstated.  Tomorrow she has an appointment with a Haematologist at her local hospital and she has asked if I can go with her.  In fact she asked more than that.  She asked if I could take her in my car.  You see, for the past 6 months the numbness in her legs has become worse and for the past 6 weeks she has been unable to walk unaided.