Public meeting on Tuesday 10th December 7.30 pm
Malcolm X Community Centre
Asylum seekers and refugees often suffer serious physical and mental health problems as a result of their experiences.
At present asylum seekers are entitled to primary health care, but sometimes experience difficulty accessing this right. Secondary health care may be denied altogether to those whose cases have been refused but who are unable to return to their home country.
The government is piloting a new immigration bill through the House of Commons which aims to end free health provision to certain classes of migrants, including refused asylum seekers. We are deeply concerned about the public health implications of such measures as well as the impact on highly vulnerable individuals.
6 – 7 pm Fund-raising Feast (Donation £5 – £10)
7.30 pm Public Meeting - Health Care for All?
Speakers will include Phil Murwill from “Doctors of the World” and BRR members with experience of not being able to access health care.
9 pm Music with LARA (Lorraine Ayensu Refugee Arts) and BRR musicians.
See our Press Release for this event.
Healthcare for All?
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?
We 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.
See our model letter / email, adapt it and send it to your MP.
Listen to this powerful poem by Martin Niemöller on the dangers of not speaking up for those different than yourself …
Now read the stories of those whose health is affected by the immigration bill …
“I feel useless half the time. It’s almost like life is not worth living. I was a successful man in my country.”
“It’s really important for me to access the GP. I hope the government doesn’t restrict access to the GP because my life is already so limited in this society.”
In June 2012, the Home Office informed her that she had won her asylum appeal. She almost immediately received a bill for £749 from the NHS for her dental treatment.
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 support us! Find out more information on the wider implications of the bill here:
Please help us challenge myths about asylum seekers and refugees. See this handy guide adapted from Student Action for Refugees.