Actions backed by health professionals also have the added weight of medical expertise, making it that much harder for injustices to be ignored. Online petitions, emails and letters have the power to link up thousands of medical campaigners from across the globe.
“As a doctor I find it appalling that my employer could encourage me to provide substandard care for a patient because of their nationality. Recently I saw ‘cost recovery staff’ document in a very sick young female’s notes that staff should “refrain from providing non-urgent treatment because she is chargeable for her care and has not yet paid a deposit”. Patients will suffer. Either through direct clinical neglect, or (more likely) through delayed presentation to health services due to fear of financial ruin or being reported to authorities.”
“The overseas team have come onto my ward to deliver invoices to a patient’s bedside. I was shocked that they would approach a patient at their most vulnerable. I’ve also heard about pregnant women having their care delayed or booking at the last minute. I dread to think what kind of impact this will be having.”
A letter from UK health workers calling on Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to put pressure on Sudan’s President Bashir to end the violent crackdown on peaceful protesters and the targeting of healthcare workers.
Medact Bristol is co-ordinating a letter calling on the Mayor of Bristol, Martin Rees, to act to protect our health and take serious action on air pollution
Will you take part in our survey on deprivation and health? We want to hear from health professionals across the UK about economic deprivation and patient care.
How to take part in our twitter storm. 1. Get online between 12noon and 2pm on 23rd October. 2. Make a sign that says “I’m a patient not a passport” or any other message you want to send to Barts Trust to encourage them to end ID checks and charging. Check out these...
How you, as a health professional, can become a trans ally by engaging in much-needed changes to the existing Gender Recognition Act
Medact is coordinating an open letter from GPs, to the RCGP, to congratulate them on their divestment from fossil fuels and to encourage others to divest.
In a letter published in The Evening Standard, over 150 healthcare professionals call for the scrapping of healthcare charges and ID checks for migrants in the NHS.
Medact and over 30 organisations send an open letter to the Department of Health and Social Care to express our concerns about their limited review into the latest changes to healthcare charging.
The Chancellor has a chance to protect children’s lungs in his budget this month. Let’s make sure it happens.
We’ve got to get diesel cars off our roads to protect everyone’s health.
Medact’s work to improve hospital food follows from our new report, “Digesting The Indigestible”. But if you want to take more direct action, there is also our Campaign Toolkit, with plenty of ideas, inspiration and actions you can take to campaign for better hospital...
Making hospital food healthier and more sustainable: a toolkit for bringing about change
The following letter was sent this week on behalf of all those from members of IPPNW gathered at the York Health Through Peace Congress to British Prime Minister Theresa May, as well as her Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, and International Trade Secretary Liam Fox....
Health Through Peace 2017 4-6th September at the University of York We are looking for volunteers to support Health Through Peace 2017. Register here for the chance to: Volunteer for two days at the conference, and get a whole day off to enjoy access to the talks and...