…and I think it’s safe to say ‘Epic, monumental FAIL!’ on that one:
Should the police be involved in the Kings’ case? Despite this being a painful and sensitive situation, I think it is only right that they are – for two reasons.
First, we only have the parents’ say-so that Ashya is well. What they have done may be understandable, but it remains an unusual, extreme act, particularly given the dramatic manner in which they left the hospital (Ed: What, did they abseil out the windows?). The state has a duty of care to ensure that their son is looked after appropriately and we must satisfy ourselves that this is the case. At present, we cannot do that. Numbed by their grief and devastation, Ashya’s parents are not necessarily acting in his best interests, regardless of how it feels to them at this moment.
Second, it is right for the police to act for the sake of the parents themselves. Whatever the outcome of Ashya’s treatment, in years to come they may well look back on this episode and, as I have seen with many patients, regret the manner in which events unfolded.
With hindsight, they may well wish that they had behaved differently; done things formally and properly and worked with the hospital and medical team and not against them. If things were to go wrong while Ashya was out of hospital, his parents would never forgive themselves.
Yes, they should shut up, let the doctors do as they wish, and ‘work with’ the people who threaten to get court orders to remove access to their own children should they disagree with them. and who are perfectly happy to lie to the police to do this.