Pension lifesaver

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While it is true that there is a ­finite NHS budget, perhaps ­people who are denied life-
prolonging treatments should be allowed to draw on their pension contributions to pay for any treatment denied by the NHS.

Chances are they will die ­before they are able to receive their pensions on retirement, but at least they will be able to use their accumulated contributions to extend their own lives by even a few weeks.

Obviously this would be ­unfair on people without a pension to draw on but if it helps to ­prolong the lives of some patients it should be allowed. Having a ­terminal illness is unfair.

Neil Sinclair

Clarence Street

Edinburgh