Doc Not Cops take on Health Provisions of the Immigration Act
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A lively group has come together to examine and expose the iniquitous provisions of the Immigration Act 2014 concerned with access to health care. In the summer, the initial meeting of Docs not Cops was held with with representatives of Doctors of the World, Act Up, 4:1 Campaign and Movement for Justice.
Heres what they say about their mission:
Following passage of the Immigration Act of 2014, the Government wants to charge certain people for GP and emergency treatment, based on their country of origin and permanent resident status.
This will hurt all of us.
No one should be afraid to go to the doctor, either because they can’t pay or might be punished. And doctors should not have to police the people they treat.
If diseases are untreated, they spread and become more expensive problems.
The Government claims these new laws will save the UK money – this is not true.
They are based on prejudice, not evidence.
The NHS needs reforms that will help everyone. Not reforms that attack the vulnerable and will only lead to more charges for all.
These laws destroy the original values of the NHS.
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- Ethnic and racial minorities are being racially profiled and asked for documentation before they receive care
- Those uncertain of their eligibility are not visiting their doctors, and not bringing in their children for needed treatment, out of fear that it may have immigration consequences
- Foreign-born staff working in the NHS itself are separated from their partners, who cannot afford the new surcharges and are prevented from entering the country
These are only some of the stories. Why should vulnerable people, children, foreign-born workers and students bear the brunt of the ‘crisis’ in the NHS, which is actually the result of misguided austerity measures and privatisation policies?