In light of ongoing concerns around the data-sharing agreement between the Home Office and NHS Digital, a number of agencies are considering legal action to challenge the practice. They are looking for an individual or organisation who objects to the practice and preferably, someone who has been directly impacted by it, in line with the questions below:
- Are they afraid of going to the GP or disclosing information?
- Have they changed their behaviour since they learned about the practice (eg. stopped going to the GP or disclosing information frankly)?
- If the person is a GP/Medical professional, how do they feel about the arrangement and has the fact they now know there is a MOU affected their practice/procedures?
- Have they received letters from the Home Office since disclosing their address to the GP?
Ideally the claimant would be eligible for legal aid but it is not a requirement and Liberty would act on their behalf in any case. If you have any suggestions or would like additional information please get in touch with Anna at Doctors of the World: [email protected].
For any other queries on health advocacy, including the new charging regime and data-sharing, you can contact Estelle at Asylum Matters. Email: [email protected]