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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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No 10: Ashya King's medical care the priority

A five-year-old boy with a brain tumour, taken from hospital without doctors' consent, must receive "the very best and most appropriate" medical care, the Prime Minister's spokesman said.

Ashya King was taken by his parents from Southampton General Hospital last Thursday to seek a new treatment that is not available on the NHS.

Asked whether David Cameron sympathised with the boy's parents , the spokesman said: "I think people up and down the country will understand and be moved by the grave illness from which Ashya is suffering.

"First and foremost, the priority must be that he receives the very best and most appropriate medical care.

"Of course, I am sure that every parent wants to do the best for their child. That is probably the most human of human instincts."

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