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Nadejah Williams' death inspires Labour Party cancer pledge

DENIED TREATMENT: Shipwrecked star Nadejah Williams

THE DEATH of a reality star who was denied life-saving treatment, has inspired the Labour Party to make changes to its cancer care policy.

Nadejah Williams, who was a contestant on Channel 4's Shipwrecked, died last year at the age of 23 from colon cancer after missing out on CyberKnife treatment.

The fashion-lover from Stoke Newington, north London, was denied treatment three times by NHS England. By the time it approved the CyberKnife therapy – six months after her consultant first requested it – the tumours had grown too big to treat.

Labour’s shadow health secretary Andy Burnham said: “What happened to Nadejah was utterly heartbreaking.

“It’s just wrong and we are going to try and make sure nothing like this happens again.

“It is indicative of the skewed policy priorities of this Government.”

Burnham has pledged to commit to a £330million Cancer Treatments Fund from April 2016 to replace the Cancer Drugs Fund, according to The Mirror.

He added: “My goal is to make the NHS the best health service in the world for the treatment of cancer.

"We will only achieve that if we give patients access to the most effective forms of treatment, including advanced radiotherapy.”

Nadejah's mother, Michelle Campbell-Cairns, is also leading a campaign to ensure other sufferers get life-saving therapy.

Her daughter's legacy has been honoured in the newly-registered charity Nadz’s Fight For Survival Wigs, which launched in August last year.

The charity provides wigs for young black people who lost hair due to chemotherapy.

The grieving mother-of-one, told The Voice: “This is something Nadejah felt really passionate about. She talked about it throughout her illness.

“The week before she died she was sitting in bed and she said to me, ‘Mum, I just want to set up this charity’. We both knew she was dying by that stage."

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