TWICKENHAM MP Vincent Cable was recovering at home this week after being rushed to hospital in Westminster for emergency surgery.
Dr Cable, 66, who is also deputy leader of the Lib Dems, collapsed on June 3 and was taken to St Thomas' Hospital with suspected food poisoning, which turned out to be appendicitis.
"It was quite dramatic at the time but a speedy, successful operation prevented a dangerous situation developing," he said. "It was initially thought to be food poisoning and since I had been at a dinner party with the former head of M15 I could see that this would make a good story.
"But checks revealed that I had chronic appendicitis and surgeons removed the offending object. I had the full NHS experience including several hours in an A&E ward but the doctors and nurses were superb.
"I was reminded of the high quality of people serving in the NHS and also of medical advances - my appendix was removed through key hole surgery and I was released within 36 hours, something which could never have happened until very recently."