I was de­nied can­cer help

Daily Mail - - Brexit In Crisis -

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

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