What is the problem?
The restrictions on access to healthcare detailed in the Immigration Bill will enable the introduction of charging for primary and emergency healthcare for those who do not have indefinite leave to remain in the UK.
What are the risks?
We believe that this will have undeniably negative outcomes for public health, the public purse and the personal experiences of NHS care for migrants and British nationals alike.
What can I do to help?
Still Human Still Here and many asylum support organisations are calling on our local MPs to raise these concerns with the Secretary of State for Health and the leaders of their respective parties and demand that the NHS continues to provide care based on clinical need, not the ability to pay.
You can use the attached model letter to write to you MP.
See the Policy Briefing attached below.
Please also see the two case studies of Farhad Atashin and Sam attached.
First they came for the communists…(video of the powerful poem by Martin Niemöller)
Healthcare Information Links:
What else can I do?
Get informed on the implications of the whole Immigration Bill and lobby your MP more broadly.
This bill is among the most racist and xenophobic pieces of legislation in recent times and needs strongly opposing. Please get involved and find out more information on the wider implications of the bill here:
The Migrant Forum
Free Movement Blog
Free Movement Blog 2
Challenge the myths around asylum seekers and migration by checking out our Resources for Awareness raising pages