NHS policies are having a devastating impact on migrant health. Patients who cannot prove they have the correct immigration status can be faced with charges of up to 150% of the cost of treatment before being given vital care, and fear hospitals will share their data with the Home Office, leading to their deportation.
These policies are penalising some of the most vulnerable people in our society, including pregnant women and those fleeing torture, and are forcing health workers to act as border guards.
Join public health charity Medact and New North London Synagogue’s Asylum Seeker Drop In to discuss this issue, and the role of healthcare workers.
Ussumane, an asylum seeker from Guinea-Bissau who has experienced the devastating impact of NHS charging policies first hand
Diane Taylor, Guardian Journalist and one of the founders of and volunteer at the NNLS Asylum Seeker Drop In
James Skinner, Nurse and access to healthcare campaigner at Medact
Dr Ben Eder, Member of Medact Refugee Solidarity Group, boger of Noam and leader at Our Second Home – a summer camp for teenage refugee and asylum seekers in the UK