Thalidomide victim 'deserves more help'

Campaigners seeking injury compensation for thalidomide victims have urged the health secretary to do more for a woman seeking home care on the NHS.

Veronica Pakenham, 47, is wheelchair-bound and cannot move out of her hospital ward because Greenwich Teaching Primary Care Trust will not provide the funding for her round-the-clock care.

The Thalidomide Trust was now written to health secretary Andy Burnham to help Ms Pakenham, who was born without limbs as a result of exposure to the drug.

Later this week, the Thalidomide Trust is also planning to meet health minister Mike O’Brien to try to secure more compensation for the victims of thalidomide, which caused severe disabilities to more than 450 babies in the 1950s and 1960s.

In related news, a Sunderland man is backing the Health and Safety Executive’s latest campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos after his wife died of mesothelioma.ADNFCR-2070-ID-19452831-ADNFCR

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