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September 1, 2014 No Comments By Patrick Worrall

fact108 FactCheck: which treatment is best for Ashya King?The claim

“There are some cases where there isn’t the evidence that this is a beneficial treatment.”
Dr Michael Marsh, 1 September 2014

The background

The parents of five-year-old brain tumour patient Ashya King are being detained after taking him to Spain against the wishes of his British doctors.

A Spanish court is considering an extradition request from Britain.

Hampshire Police got an international arrest warrant issued after Ashya’s parents Brett And Naghmeh took their son from Southampton General Hospital and travelled to Spain.

01 Ashya r FactCheck: which treatment is best for Ashya King?

Ashya’s parents say they want their son to be given proton beam therapy to treat his medulloblastoma, a rare fast-growing brain tumour.

They say they disagree with doctors who have told them the treatment will not help Ashya. (more…)

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August 29, 2014 5 Comments By Patrick Worrall

David Cameron has announced new legislation to stop terror suspects travelling abroad. But can’t we already confiscate their passports?

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August 28, 2014 6 Comments By Patrick Worrall

How many child grooming gangs are operating on the streets of Britain? Who is most at risk? FactCheck finds out.

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August 26, 2014 7 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The SNP says it wants to rid Scotland of Trident nuclear missiles. Will it be able to keep the promise if Scots vote for independence?

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August 25, 2014 12 Comments By Patrick Worrall

It’s ding ding, round two in the Scottish independence debate. Will the leaders of the Yes and No camps fail the FactCheck test?

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August 21, 2014 6 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Most teenagers who got their GCSE results today have been told they must stay in education or training until they are 18. But what if they refuse?

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David Cameron will return to Cornwall later after interrupting his holiday over events in Iraq. Who is in charge while he is away from Downing Street?

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August 19, 2014 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

More than half a million “troubled families” could get intensive help from the government. But what’s in the small print?

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August 15, 2014 No Comments By Patrick Worrall

Are 6,000 people really “dying needlessly” thanks to regional variations in cancer care?

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