NHS to fund Ashya King's treatment in Czech Republic

The NHS is to pay for five-year-old brain tumour patient Ashya King's proton beam therapy treatment in the Czech Republic.

His parents Brett and Naghemeh King sparked an international police hunt after they took their son out of Southampton General Hospital and travelled to Prague for the treatment which was not available for him on the NHS.

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Czech proton therapy clinic 'ready to treat Ashya'

A Czech proton therapy centre says it is ready to treat Ashya King within the next few days.

The statement, issued on behalf of the Proton Therapy Center Czech, said:

The center is ready to accept Ashya King immediately if the specialists receive proper medical documentation from the UK doctors.

– Dr Jiri Kubes, Head of proton therapy

If Ashya is indicated for proton therapy, the center is keen on starting the treatment in a few days. The costs would be dealt with later on.

– Iva Tatounova, Director of Strategy at PTC Czech

A further statement added that the eventual cost of the treatment could be about a third of the cost in the US.

"European patients should have the right to access the treatment under the S2 rules or cross border health care act and have the treatment reimbursed," the centre's marketing manager said.

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