NHS Trust Halted Asylum Seeker’s Leukemia Treatment

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“I think it’s horrible and inhuman to have a person who is sick like me dumped on to the street without food or shelter or medication,” says Esayas Welday. He is as confused as he is angry that it was an NHS trust, not a rogue landlord or uncaring staff of a benefits office, that forced him back into being homeless, and did so even though he was suffering from cancer.

The Eritrean asylum seeker was relieved when in May last year he began the first of five courses of chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a form of blood cancer he had just been diagnosed with at the unusually early age of 29. But then one day several weeks later, without warning, staff at Northwick Park hospital in west London told him he had to leave and that he would not receive any more treatment.

“They said they couldn’t continue…

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