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Windrush citizen will get cancer treatment without having to pay, PM promises

Categories: Articles:Social Justice | Published: 18/04/2018 | Views: 547

The Guardian reports that Theresa May has told parliament that Albert Thompson, a Londoner denied free NHS cancer treatment despite having lived in the UK for 44 years, will receive the care he needs without having to pay as the government look again at their policy on the Windrush generation. 

But after the prime minister made the pledge at prime minister’s questions, Thomson, whose case was uncovered by the Guardian in March, said he had not yet received any official confirmation.

“No one has gotten in touch with me yet to tell me about anything regarding my treatment, including when I’ll get it,” Thompson – not his real name – said in a statement.

In further confusion, May used a PMQs dominated by the chaos inflicted on the so-called Windrush generation, to say the controversial decision to destroy landing card slips recording their arrival dates in the UK had been made in 2009, when Labour was in power.

This contradicted a briefing released by the Home Office on Tuesday, which said the decision had been made in 2010 by the UK Border Agency.

Later Labour’s Dawn Butler later raised the inconsistency in the Commons, noting yesterday’s Home Office briefing and adding: “Can the House, the Windrush generation, Commonwealth leaders and the country get a clarification from the Prime Minister or Home Secretary?”

Facing intense pressure over the way some members of the Windrush generation, who arrived in the UK from the Caribbean mainly as children, have been asked to prove their immigration status despite being UK citizens, May again apologised at PMQs.  Read the full article here


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