Wheelchair-bound woman has to use public transport

A wheelchair-bound pensioner with cancer faces paying thousands on taxis for hospital appointments after new NHS rules said she was 'independent'. Widow Jennifer Summers, 72, has been in a chair since polio struck aged four and free specialist transport to and from hospital after her husband died five years ago. But when she rang to book her normal lift last Friday she was told she was no longer eligible for a free ride. Instead, Jennifer had to pay nearly £100 for the 25-mile round trip from her home in Falmouth to the Royal Cornwall Hospital Truro for a check-up.

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