How a VC winner is treated in modern Britain
A Gurkha who won the Victoria Cross delivered dozens of his medals to Downing Street in protest at the treatment of his fellow soldiers.
Tul Bahadur Pun VC, 87, a Second World War hero who is now in a wheelchair, handed in medals including an MBE as part of a demonstration to promote the rights of more than 2,000 Gurkhas to stay in Britain.
Mr Pun's protest came only days after he himself was refused treatment for a heart condition at an NHS hospital.
He was then told he owed the hospital thousands of pounds in unpaid medical bills.
Mr Pun, one of only 10 living VC holders in the UK, was close to tears after he was humiliated at a cardiology department at West Middlesex Hospital in London.
The war hero, who lives on just £135 a week, was forced to leave the hospital on the anniversary of winning his VC in Burma on June 23, 1944.
After examining his passport hospital officials said he was not entitled to treatment and would have to pay back the NHS for previous medical help because he had been "misleading" over his immigration status.
Mr Pun, who is blind and almost deaf, said: "I could not sleep worrying about having to pay thousands of pounds for the treatment I have already had. I have not misled anyone. The British Government allows me to live here."
He was originally refused entrance to the UK by British officials in Nepal as it was claimed he did not have strong enough ties with the UK.
But in June last year the decision was overthrown by Immigration Minister Liam Byrne, and he now lives in a home in Hounslow, west London.
What an utter, utter disgrace, I wish it hadn't been his medals he had deployed in Downing Street.