Breaking news - NHS to pay for Zac’s treatment

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NHS Northamptonshire has confirmed it will pay the cost of an operation in Germany for a little boy who has cancer.

Zac Knighton-Smith, seven, of Rushden, had to fly out to Germany last week for an operation to remove tumours from his abdomen after his operation in the UK was postponed at short notice.

At the end of last week Rushden and Wellingborough MP Peter Bone called on the Government to pay for the cost of Zac’s treatment in Germany, as the operation alone was expected to cost 8,000 Euros.

This afternoon a spokesman for NHS Northamptonshire said: “We would not normally comment on an individual case. However, following media coverage last week, the position of the primary care trust is as follows.

“A seven-year-old boy is receiving continuing treatment in Leicester, Nottingham and Germany for a rare childhood cancer.

“Over a 12-month period NHS Northamptonshire has funded a course of treatment including the cost of travel and accommodation for his family. The particular complexities in this clinical case have brought about the development, through and by the NHS, of a unique relationship involving the medical teams in Germany, Leicester and Nottingham.

“Although there has been no direct discussion with the family about the latest treatment costs in Germany, we can confirm that the cost of treatment is being borne by the NHS. The family has already been advised of this by the patient’s consultant.”