There is a message to this story or should I say ‘moral’. What say you? The facts are simply this. Mr Brown is 56 years old, hardly ancient. He became a British citizen as a result of his mother sponsoring him, hence the holder of a British passport. His mother died in 2011, he suffers from depression but as often with depression there are those who function. His father lived in Jamaica and he made numerous visits. As a result of his father’s death in 2014, his depression became worse and he checked himself into a medical facility/hospital upon is return to London, England. Alarmingly so, cost for his treatment was a whopping 2,000.00 pounds sterling per week. Yes………………….’whole heap a money’.
Somewhere along the line, the hospital decided that this British citizen through naturalisation MUST return to his country of origin, and so they chucked him out. I cannot put it any simpler as the facts substantiate my choice words. As the article below explains with assistance from the then Acting PD (Public Defender) the gentleman will be returning to London on Saturday.
Is this what Jamaican/British nationals have to face as a possible reality for them if they suffer from an illness and are unable to pay for their own care? If you have no tangible roots set up or in place at your country of origin, should that be reassessed for those who hold permanent residence elsewhere? If you are a citizen through naturalization, does it mean that your naturalization may still be subject to certain protocols thereby excluding you from rights that are automatic to those who became citizens due to birth?
Homeless deportee returns to London Saturday
But must repay High Commission £900 for plane ticket
(Jamaica Observer, Wednesday 15 April 2015)
A relieved Brown with documents for his return to London. (PHOTO:NAPHTALI JUNIOR)
BRITISH citizen Norman Brown, who was sent back to Jamaica on a one-way ticket in January this year, is expected to return to England Friday, courtesy of Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Brown received a plane ticket costing approximately £900, and his flight information from the British High Commission in Jamaica, last week. But, there are a number of issues still bothering him.
He doesn’t know what will happen to him after he arrives at Gatwick Airport on Saturday, and disembarks from the British Airways flight for which he has been scheduled. One thing he is sure of though, is that he wants to leave Jamaica.
“I don’t know where I am going to go, what I am going to do. I don’t know what will happen to me. All I know is that I am just going: I want to leave,” the 56-year-old Brown told the Jamaica Observer Monday.
Brown is also concerned that the High Commission took his British passport and gave him an emergency one, with a covering letter warning that the original will not be returned to him until he repays the £900 for the ticket.
“I don’t think it’s right that I will have to repay for the ticket. How am I going to pay them, when I can’t get a job without my original passport?” he questioned.
Brown admitted that the High Commission has provided him with copies of the passport and other documents, but insists that employers will be reluctant to employ him without original papers.
“Papers are different from a passport. I am going to have a lot of difficulty getting a job,” he said.
He said that on his return to London he would also have to live on the streets until he can get some social security assistance.
Brown was sent to Jamaica on January 16 aboard a Virgin Airways flight from London, accompanied by a nurse, who disappeared as soon as she took him past immigration at the Sangster International Airport.
He told the Observer, in a story published on March 8, that he had been a patient at the famous Maudsley Hospital in Camberwell, South London, but had been sent back to Jamaica, where he was born, because of his depression.
Brown, who was born in Trelawny, had moved to England to join his mother and became a British citizen. His mother died in 2011, and he started suffering from serious bouts of depression. But he continued travelling to Jamaica to see his father in Portmore. Then his father died in 2014, and the depression worsened.
When he returned to London, he checked himself into the Maudsley Hospital last November.
However, he insists that the hospital, which is recognised as Europe’s largest centre for research and post-graduate education in psychiatry, psychology, basic and clinical neuroscience, and which had been treating him at a cost of approximately £2,000 per week, sent him back to Jamaica.
Brown was relegated to sleeping on the streets of Montego Bay, and eventually Kingston, until he went to the British High Commission, at around 3 o’clock one morning and started a commotion. This attracted the attention of security personnel and members of staff, and the local police were eventually called.
The police took him to the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) in downtown Kingston, where he met Deputy Public Defender Matondo Mukulu.
Mukulu, in assisting Brown, sent a pre-action protocol letter to the hospital, as a prelude to an injunction to force them to provide him with a return ticket to London, where he could continue his treatment.
“I have seen persons sent back to their countries with a chaperone, but as part of their treatment regime. For example, if they need to be in a different environment. But, what is shocking to me here, is that at the time when he was sent to Jamaica, he was never given a discharge letter by the hospital,” Mukulu stated.
The Observer was on Monday unable to ascertain what were the hospital’s responses as Mukulu is understood to be currently off the island.
In the meantime, Brown’s concern grows about what will happen to him when he lands in London on Saturday.
He said that he had been living with a girlfriend, who is no longer interested in him. He had no job when he was sent to Jamaica, although he had occupied several positions, including as a bus driver in London, and he has no home to go to.