The Guardian view on denying cancer care: unjust and uncaring

Refusing Albert Thompson NHS treatment for prostate cancer unless he hands over £54,000 he does not have offends both justice and basic humanity. Since last autumn, staff have been ordered to check proof of residency before supplying “non-urgent” healthcare, and charge upfront if it is not forthcoming. This came despite warnings from groups such as Docs Not Cops that health workers struggle to understand who is eligible, leading to discrimination, and that the rules deter ill people from seeking life-saving treatment and make it more likely that infectious diseases could spread.
The Guardian