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Ashya King's parents 'risked his wellbeing', says report

By PA Reporters

Published 24/09/2015

Ashya King was removed from hospital by his parents
Ashya King was removed from hospital by his parents

Brain cancer patient Ashya King's parents "put him at risk" by taking him from hospital without consent and flying him abroad for treatment, a report has found.

Brett and Naghmeh King sparked an international police hunt when they took their son from Southampton General Hospital in August 2014 to take him to Prague for proton beam therapy.

A report by Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Board into how agencies dealt with the case said hospital staff worked hard to build a partnership with the parents but that the relationship "deteriorated over time".

"This resulted in the parents removing their child from hospital without discussion to take him abroad, where they thought they would be able to access the services that they considered best met his needs - this action put him at risk," the report added.

It also pointed out that there were questions about whether there was a way the breakdown in trust could have been avoided, and admitted that there had been a delay in getting a second opinion.

"While the doctors' view that this was not needed immediately was accurate, this failed to take account of the message given to the parents, which was that their wishes were overruled by the professionals," the report said.

"There were also some concerns about the parents' actions in disregarding nursing advice."

The investigation found that holding a meeting to discuss doctors' fears of their advice being ignored could have been held.

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