Home Office: Give Albert Thompson the right to cancer care
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Albert Thompson*, 63 years old, has lived in London for 44 years. He has prostate cancer. After major surgery, he arrived for his first radiotherapy session to be taken aside and told that unless he can prove he is legally entitled to live in the UK he will have to pay the full £56,000 for his treatment upfront. Albert has paid taxes in this country for three decades, and arrived from Jamaica as a teenager. He has no money and he needs our help.
Cancer doesn’t wait.
This petition demands that the Home Office finds the appropriate records to prove his legal status (they must exist if he paid taxes), and approves his treatment right away.
You are welcome to donate to Praxis, the charity supporting him directly: https://mydonate.bt.com/donation/v4/chooseAmount.html?charity=167027¤tMonth=2 and this is a statement on how they using the funds raised to support Albert and others who need their support (last year they dealt with over 1,700 cases like this): http://www.praxis.org.uk/news-page-6.html
Those of us who have dealt with cancer know that it is expensive, frightening and depressing; people who do not have a lot of savings or support from elsewhere struggle massively financially, and Albert has been unable to work for some years now so has nothing. Even with appropriate support, cancer is a lonely and terrifying journey. I can't imagine the despair that this man must be feeling right now.
This is part of a much wider issue, of people who originally came from Commonwealth countries now not being recognised as legal citizens - despite living in our country for many, many years and contributing in the same way we do. Let's stand up for their rights - and stand up to the increasingly harsh landscape that the Home Office is creating for innocent people that are relying on their country's support at the hardest times in their lives.
Full story on the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/10/denied-free-nhs-cancer-care-left-die-home-office-commonwealth
*Not his real name
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