Ashya King: The Police Make It All About Them
HAVING made criminals of his mother and father and taken the boy on pain of law, the police says they did right Ashya King, the five-year-old with brain cancer.
Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead is bullish:
“I make no apology for being as proactive as possible in trying to find him. I’d much rather be standing here facing criticism over being proactive than do nothing and explain why a child has lost his life.”
But there is not a shred of evidence to suggest Ashya King’s life was damaged by his parents removing him from Southampton Generla Hospital. Shead has placed his feelings first and foremost.
But his job is to uphold the law.
Was it broken? No.
So. Why was he involved? Or are police now the ultimate protectors of children? Following the scandals in Rotherham, Rochdale, Blackpool, Hillsborough (where they tested dead children for booze in their blood) and over Jimmy Savile, that’s a sick joke.
But the police appeal for narks worked. “Within hours of appealing on Twitter for help to find the boy we received a call from a member of the public who had seen the appeal, which allowed us to locate him and his parents,” a spokesman for Spanish National Police said.
Would you have called the police on the family? Or did you see them and not get involved?
Ashya is in a low dependency unit in a Malaga hostpial.
His parents, Brett King and his wife Naghemeh, are being held by the city’s police. They are expected to appear in court in Spain on Monday. They will then be subject to extradition. Will Ashya travel with them?
Will social workers now take over? Will the secretive Family Courts rule on the Kings and their seven children?
The whole episode stinks.
Ashya King’s parents said they took him out of a hospital to seek proton beam treatment which is not available under the NHS.
Ros Barnes told ITV News Central that when her young son was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour in 2008, he underwent proton therapy in Florida when British doctors told the family it was not available on the NHS. She says it saved his life.
So. The Kings did some reserch. They were proactive.
NHS England responds:
“We all want what is best for Ashya, and it is for the cancer doctors and oncologists involved to advise on what is the best treatment for each child. Where doctors recommend it, the NHS does fund proton beam therapy, including supporting 99 children last year to travel abroad for treatment.”
The best is the treatment that works. You keep trying until one course of action gets results.
The University Hospital Southampton NHS Fondation Trust say they offered the Kings treatment overseas:
“We are aware of the comments made online by his father. Throughout Ashya’s admission we have had conversations about the treatment options available to him and we had offered the family access to a second opinion, as well as assistance with organising treatment abroad. We understand how distressing this situation is for everyone involved, particularly Ashya’s family. We will continue to do what we can to support them and assist the police in providing any information they require.”
So. Why was a police alert put out for the family?
It’s all hideous.
All it’s all under the umbrella of child protection.