Lib Dem Suffolk County Councillor Caroline Page, 65, has sadly passed away, with her cancer initially being misdiagnosed as long Covid.
Page had developed COVID in late 2020, and by 2021 was referred to a long COVID service.
Her symptoms, initially diagnosed as relating to long Covid, were later, in 2022, found to in fact be lung cancer, with the misdiagnosis meaning she was not given treatment that could potentially have increased her chances of survival.
The councillor said her breathlessness and fatigue symptoms were eventually diagnosed as cancer by her GP.
The trust said at the time that it was “keen to listen and support” her further.
Before her death, Cllr Page said: “What’s happened to me is very, very serious, but I would absolutely not put it on the shoulders of the GP, it is the fault of ESNEFT,” she said.
“It’s because they commissioned long Covid services which did not include the GP or the hospital.”
She said the service “was not fit for purpose because it was designed to be delivered virtually” and believed that if she had been seen by a GP it might have been diagnosed earlier.
Ms Page said said it was important to understand your body, and for anyone who has been feeling very unwell for a very long time “to just double check you haven’t been misdiagnosed”.
Keith Robinson, Chairman of the Suffolk County Council, said Ms. Page had “committed everything she had” despite her health issues to make sure her community and its citizens were “looked after and championed.”
Cllr Page was chosen to serve on the council in 2008 and held a number of responsibilities, including Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent Group and spokesperson for Women, Disabilities and Adult Care.
She had also served as the Education Transport Appeals Committee’s vice-chair since 2010.