Authorities have been heavy handed on Ashya case

Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg

First published in Readers' Letters

Sir - It doesn't happen often, but I find myself agreeing with Nick Clegg, who on being asked during an interview this morning, said that he felt the authorities had been heavy handed in dealing with the issue of Ashya King's removal from hospital by his parents.

He is quite right. What possible good can it do for this poor, sick, vulnerable lad to be stuck in hospital on his own, whilst his parents languish in jail.

For what? If reports are believed to be true, for simply trying to find the best possible treatment for their son.

I have a lot of sympathy for them as I found myself, albeit as an adult, in a similar position 10 years ago when seeking treatment for breast cancer.

Hospitals here wouldn't listen, and then refused to release my records so that I could go elsewhere.

I ended up camping out in the hospital, and threatened with arrest because I refused to leave without my notes.

At that time going abroad for treatment was the best possible decision I could have made.

What is more likely to be the case here, as initially there were the usual cries of fear for his health, the danger his parents were putting him in, and the likelihood of his feeding tube battery running out, was that the hospital concerned were trying to cover themselves against possible claims of negligence.

In the wake of the woeful inadequacies exposed by the authorities in Rotherham in protecting the young girls there from harm, we now witness an unseemly scrabble to action, where common sense should have prevailed.

LINDA PIGGOTT-VIJEH, Combe St. Nicholas

 

 

 

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9:43am Tue 2 Sep 14

Linesman says...

The parents had a legal right to remove their child from the hospital.

The hospital, not having been informed by the parents of their intentions, were quite correct in raising the alarm when the child went missing.

Whilst I can understand the parents' wishes to get the best treatment for their child, I feel that they have gone the wrong way about it.

They had ample time to inform the hospital of their intention once they were in France, and if they had not had the facility to do so, as the grandmother knew what was happening, she could have been asked to inform the authorities after a given period of time.

This is an objective view.

What would I have done in similar circumstances?

To be honest - I just don't know!
The parents had a legal right to remove their child from the hospital. The hospital, not having been informed by the parents of their intentions, were quite correct in raising the alarm when the child went missing. Whilst I can understand the parents' wishes to get the best treatment for their child, I feel that they have gone the wrong way about it. They had ample time to inform the hospital of their intention once they were in France, and if they had not had the facility to do so, as the grandmother knew what was happening, she could have been asked to inform the authorities after a given period of time. This is an objective view. What would I have done in similar circumstances? To be honest - I just don't know! Linesman
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10:58am Tue 2 Sep 14

Lone Ranger. says...

Mr Clegg .... just like many others jump on the "bandwagon" of being wise after the event.
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I am sure that the Hospital, Police and CPS did everything in the interests of protecting the 5 yearold child .....
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I am sure that there could have been far greater communication between the hospital and parents leading up to the event. As i understand it the hospital were prepared to consider the Proton therapy, which evidently is administered with other forms of cancer treatment and not on its own, but the costs would have to been taken into consideration and approval saught.
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Mr Clegg .... just like many others jump on the "bandwagon" of being wise after the event. . I am sure that the Hospital, Police and CPS did everything in the interests of protecting the 5 yearold child ..... . I am sure that there could have been far greater communication between the hospital and parents leading up to the event. As i understand it the hospital were prepared to consider the Proton therapy, which evidently is administered with other forms of cancer treatment and not on its own, but the costs would have to been taken into consideration and approval saught. . Lone Ranger.
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