UK grateful for care given to Ashya

British Ambassador visits children’s hospital with thank-you.

BRITISH Ambassador to Spain Simon Manley paid a visit to Hospital Materno Infantil in Malaga.

He conveyed the sincere thanks of the British Government to the hospital for the wonderful support and healthcare provided to Ashya King during his stay.

Manley was accompanied by Director General of Economic and Consular Affairs  of the British Foreign Affairs Ministry, Julian King. They both extended their warmest congratulations to the doctors and nurses who treated Ashya. The Ambassador said the child is currently in the Czech Republic.

Manley said as many as 15 million Britons holiday in Spain and that more than 300,000 live there, adding that Spain is an important European partner (for the UK) but also important for the Britons holidaying there ‘from a human perspective’. 

The Spanish and the British healthcare systems are similar and the British authorities are aware of the good treatment provided to Britons at Spanish hospitals.

Ashya was treated at the hospital after his parents took him out of a UK hospital prompting an international search. The family was found on the Costa del Sol and his parents arrested, causing a public uproar.


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