The importance of resisting the hostile environment in the NHS with Medact’s Patients Not Passports campaign
A discussion on migration and health, featuring Medact’s Interim Director, Guppi Bola
We’re looking for a Movement Builder (fixed-term) to support our community of healthcare professionals working for social justice! Apply by Sunday 2nd June, 2019
MPs cave in to Left-wing doctors and scrap plans to stop health tourists coming to Britain for treatment they’re not entitled to – costing the NHS £280m a year
Daily Mail covers access to healthcare campaign work, featuring James Skinner, Medact
Join a health bloc for the National Demonstration for Palestine on Saturday 11 May in London – to mark the 71st anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe)
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.
“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.”
Join Medact, Docs Not Cops, and Health Professionals for Global Health to find out about the impact of NHS charging regulations on migrants and the role healthcare workers have in improving access to care for all. This event will launch the Patient’s not Passports Toolkit and showcase a variety of speakers who will discuss how the policy may directly contravene the principles of universal healthcare.
“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.