I was denied cancer help
ALBERT Thompson was initially denied NHS treatment for prostate cancer until he provided documents to prove his status.
The 64-year-old was told he would have to pay £54,000 ‘up front’ for lifesaving radiotherapy. Mr Thompson, who was also homeless, came to the UK from Jamaica in 1973. His mother Marsha, a nurse, had been invited by the British government to work for the NHS. After his case was highlighted in the press, the Royal Marsden Hospital in central London agreed to treat him as an NHS patient.
Last year, he told the Mail: ‘You go to hospital and you expect to be treated. You don’t expect them to turn you away. I’m trying to get my passport sorted out, but the Home Office say they can’t find any trace of me.’
Albert Thompson, 64