Anorak | The Ashya King ‘miracle’ hits the Coalition with a £250m NHS proton therapy lie

The Ashya King ‘miracle’ hits the Coalition with a £250m NHS proton therapy lie

by | 24th, March 2015

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When Brett and Naghmeh King told the story of their son Ashya King’s treatment to the Sun , the scoop was front-page news. Readers wanted to know what happened next to the desperatly ill child Ashya is age 5  who went on the run from the NHS in search of alternative proton beam therapy treatment.

The front page declares that the Kings were “hunted like criminals”. They were. Hampshire Police obtained a European arrest warrant for the parents on the issue of ‘neglect’. The papers told readers the boy had “hours to live“. The Mirror said it was “24 hours”. The Sun said it was weeks “.

The message was that the parents were placing their child in mortal danger.

One journalist billed them as weirdos who belonged to “a millennial religious cult“.

The Daily Mirror  reported:

Missing Ashya King has been spotted with his parents at a Spanish holiday resort, an expat said, as police battled to find the terminally ill boy.

The good cops were “battling” to find the boy for the oddball parents who had let their children play in a swimming pool .

The Mirror told its readers to nark on the Kings:

Anyone with information about Ashya’s whereabouts should contact Hampshire Constabulary on 101, quoting Operation Aquilion.

Then when Ashya was alone in a Spanish hospital bed and his parents were trapped in a police station under arrest, the media switched sides. Now the Kings were the good guys. They were touched by God’s love. After all, the  Sun calls Ashya’s improving health a “miracle”.


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Now Brett is the “devoted father” who says the family “saved” his son’s life. The proton therapy Ashya received in Prague a treatment not available on the NHS did the job. Ashya is now “cancer free”.

It is a great story. And it looks like the ending is one of hope.

But what does the Daily Mirror  have to say? We hear that the family are at their home near Marbella in southern Spain, “scared” to return to the UK in case their child is removed from them by social workers.

Proton Beam Machines Are A Waste Of Money

Daily Mirror reporter Andy Lines says the NHS has paid £250m for two machines . He says this is a “scandalous waste” of money.

The machine used in the Peague clinic cost £35m, he says. Sources and experts say these new NHS machines are white elephants “. They will be “obslete” by the time they become operational. It is a “scandal”. And “…many cancer victims may be denied treatment” because of the machines’ cost.  It is the type of economic madness we’ve come to expect from the Coalition “.

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