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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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NHS oncologist has not treated Ashya King before

The NHS expert put forward to advise Ashya King's parents in Spain is a consultant clinical oncologist with experience in treating children with cancer, the Department of Health says.

A spokesperson told ITV News the consultant has not treated Ashya before and has no previous relationship with Southampton General Hospital, where the five-year-old was treated in the UK.

The Department added that it had chosen the oncologist but would not be releasing their name.

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