Budget: Leeds mum says ‘more should be done to help families like mine’

Budget Story...Sonya Joseph pictured with her children from the left Dominic, Lucus and Tayah-Mai, at there home at Leeds...7th March 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme
Budget Story...Sonya Joseph pictured with her children from the left Dominic, Lucus and Tayah-Mai, at there home at Leeds...7th March 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme
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A Leeds mum has said more should be done to help families dealing with serious health conditions after the Government pledged to pump £400m into the NHS in yesterday’s Budget speech.

Mother-of-six Sonya Joseph, who lives in Meanwood, faces daily trips to the hospital because her 19-month-old daughter Mareyah suffers from Edwards’ syndrome, a serious genetic condition which affects her breathing.

However, this means her eldest, Dominic, 16, is left to took after Mareyah’s other siblings.

Ms Joseph said: “I just think there needs to be more support for families in the same situation as mine.”

One problem they have is that Mareyah’s medical equipment is often too big to fit in their car but they cannot benefit from the Motability scheme.

Ms Joseph said she “supposes” the £400m pledged to the NHS for A&E GP services and plans to improve healthcare are good news, but thinks more nurses for Mareyah would make time to spend with her other children.

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