Philip Hope of Lung Foundation NZ, attended Jacinda Ardern’s visit to Treble Court in Gisborne to remind her about the injustice lung cancer patients suffer, the result of irresponsible government policy.
He was the only one attending that did not want a photo. What he did was give her his card and ask for a meeting.
Subsequent to a silent protest, Philip spoke with, Andrew Campbell, Chief Press Secretary (for the Prime Minister). “We had a good discussion (he acknowledged concerns have been raised, per medicines funding) and he will see what he can do per meeting.”
Q. Why did I request a meeting?
“To provide a briefing to the PM and to ensure acknowledgement that patients will be consulted and that their input will help ensure a robust and equitable solution for lung cancer; not just with access to treatments, but EVERY stage of the continuum of care.”
“One of my son’s, Dylan, attended to support, because this is also really important to our family. Nga mihi son!