Patients Not Passports – challenging healthcare charging in the NHS

Patients Not Passports: Challenging healthcare charging in the NHS is Medact’s briefing paper that examines NHS charging and the introduction of immigration controls in the NHS.

DWP not Fit for Practice

In yet another demonstration of government departments concerning intervention in healthcare provision, a recent report released by Z2K highlights a new practice by the Department of Work and...

War, violence and the mental health crisis in Kashmir

Kashmiri student and Medact member Neelam Iqbal writes about the mental health toll of the decades long conflict and calls for us to pay more attention to the needs of the people of Kashmir.

Tensions in Kashmir

As tensions between the nuclear armed states of India and Pakistan continue, little attention is being paid to the effects of war between the nations means for the disputed region of Jammu and...

Selling the Military – A critical analysis of contemporary recruitment marketing

A new report co-written with ForcesWatch explores the UK military’s recent recruitment marketing campaigns, analysing the messaging and intended target audiences for recruitment.

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DWP not Fit for Practice

In yet another demonstration of government departments concerning intervention in healthcare provision, a recent report released by Z2K highlights a new practice by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) that could have real impact on health equity. The report...

A statement from Royal Liverpool healthcare workers on healthcare charges

“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.”

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