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Rutland MP Alicia Kearns calls for an exemption on import duty for a schoolboy's life-prolonging drugs



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Rutland’s MP is calling on the government to axe import duty on a schoolboy’s life-prolonging drugs.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Alicia Kearns described the “ridiculous” charges Lucas Posey-Bottomley’s family must pay.

They are importing drugs from Germany to treat a highly aggressive brain tumour, known as diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, which Lucas was diagnosed with two months ago.

Lucas Posey-Bottomley could take part in a clinical trial in America (58104196)
Lucas Posey-Bottomley could take part in a clinical trial in America (58104196)

A one-month supply of the drugs costs around £1,600 but the family also paid £530 in tax.

Mrs Kearns said: “I raised the ridiculous import duty that 10-year-old cancer sufferer Lucas’ family is being forced to pay for his life-prolonging drugs.

“It is wrong and shouldn’t be happening.

MP Alicia Kearns
MP Alicia Kearns

“I will continue to lobby the Treasury for an exemption.”

The ongoing cost of treatment is around £4,000.

Lucas’ dad Jamie Bottomley, from Oakham, said: “This will continue until he either goes into remission or the doctors think the cancer has died.”

Lucas is due to have an MRI scan tomorrow (Thursday) to establish the results of his previous radiotherapy treatment.



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