"We apologise for any inconvenience caused." That was what West Middlesex University Hospital said after it refused treatment to an ex-Gurkha soldier and holder of the Victoria Cross (from 1944). Andy Finlay, the hospital's "income generation manager", apparently demanded to see Mr Pun's passport and said his visa showed he had indefinite leave to enter Britain, not indefinite leave to remain and was thus ineligible for NHS treatment. He allegedly then threatened Mr Pun, who does not speak English and had a friend acting as interpreter, with a bill for past treatment. Mr Pun's lawyer said: "(Mr Finlay) then made the serious allegation that Mr Pun had "misled" the hospital previously in relation to his immigration status...Mr Finlay told Mr Pun he would have to pay back the NHS. He was shocked and extremely upset."
Tul Bahadur Pun has now returned all of his medals to 10 Downing Street. Presumably Gordon "Courage" Brown hid under his desk until the nasty man had gone away.
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