Review ordered into response of authorities over Ashya King case

Toby Meredith (Media Porduction Manager, University of Portsmouth), Liz Hawes (Research Nurse, Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust), and Simon Toh (Consultant Surgeon, Portsmouth Hospital NHS Trust)

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A REVIEW is to be held into the actions of all local authorities involved in the case of Ashya King.

Portsmouth Safeguarding Children Board, which seeks to protect young people in the city, is to scrutinise whether Southampton General Hospital, Portsmouth City Council and Hampshire Constabulary acted as they should have.

The review was requested by Julian Wooster, the city council’s director of children and adults’ services, following consultation with its leader, Councillor Donna Jones.

Welcoming the review, Hampshire’s police and crime commissioner, Simon Hayes, said: ‘I’ve had discussions with Reg Hooke, Independent Chair of the PSCB, and welcome the decision to commission an independent review of events concerning Ashya King and his parents.

‘The public needs to know exactly what contributed to the decisions made in the Ashya case and what actions should be taken to prevent such distress in the future.

‘I will be engaging fully with PCSB to determine the scope, detail and timings of the review.’

The independent review is expected to take around six-months, and the findings will be made public.