The ‘Patients not Passports’ Toolkit has recently been launched by Docs Not Cops, Migrants Organise, and Medact. The Toolkit offers resources and information to support healthcare workers and people affected by charging to launch campaigns in their Trusts and in their communities. It includes resources to campaign for change to the charging policy more widely, as well as guidance to support individuals who are affected by upfront charging.
To complement this, Medact has also released a briefing paper examining NHS charging and the introduction of immigration controls in the NHS. It is designed to be a tool used to support people in campaigning against the Hostile Environment. It sets out the policy and ideological background to NHS charging and presents evidence of the likely impact of restricting access to the NHS. It also includes new data on NHS Trusts’ response to the policy and reveals how little has been done to mitigate or monitor the harm it will cause.