Praxis helped Sylvester Marshall fight for his rights after he was refused NHS treatment
Just over a year ago, Sylvester Marshall had fallen foul of the Home Office’s hostile environment policy. He had been refused NHS cancer treatment because hospital staff believed he was an illegal immigrant. If he wanted to begin the course of radiotherapy which had been prescribed to treat his prostate cancer he would need to pay £54,000.
When we first met in February he was homeless, having been evicted as a result of council suspicion about his immigration status. He was told he was not eligible for benefits or allowed to work. He had tried in vain to explain to officials that they were wrong to classify him as an illegal immigrant, as he had been in Britain for 44 years, ever since arriving as a 19-year-old in 1973.