In the interests of human rights and the health and safety of the population, the Hostile Environment in the NHS must end. Temporary offers of safety are not enough to undo the decades of harm caused by policies that have embedded immigration controls into public services. We signed this call to the Department of Health and Social Care so everyone can access the Covid-19 vaccine safely, regardless of their immigration status. Very grateful to Cllr Dr Hosnieh Djafari Marbini and proud that Oxford City Council is only one of two councils to have joined.
“Coronavirus ‘amnesty’ to get undocumented migrants vaccinated will not be enough, ministers warned. Coalition of 140 organisations write to ministers urging concrete action to end ‘hostile environment’.”
Full press release here below:
The Government must go further to ensure undocumented migrants come forward for the coronavirus vaccine, warn local authorities, GP surgeries, charities and public health institutions
- 140 migrants rights’ charities, faith groups, local authorities, health institutions and trade unions have issued a statement to the Department of Health calling for an end to Hostile Environment immigration policies in the NHS so that all migrants can access the vaccine without fear.
- Signatories include: Oxford City Council, Haringey Council, six GP surgeries and primary care networks, the Faculty of Public Health, the Faculty of Homelessness and Inclusion Health, the Refugee Council, Doctors of the World, and over 120 migrants rights charities, faith institutions and civil society organisations.
Following today’s announcement that the Government will not check immigration status for undocumented migrants, charities and health groups have warned that these measures do not go far enough.
The statement calls for the Department of Health and Social Care to guarantee a firewall that prevents any patient information gathered by the NHS or Test and Trace being used for the purposes of immigration enforcement; and an end to all Hostile Environment measures in the NHS, including charging for migrants, to combat the fear and mistrust these policies have created.
The call was initiated by the Patients Not Passports campaign, including charities Medact, Migrants Organise, Doctors of the World, and Docs Not Cops.
Aliya Yule – 07960163915 – firstname.lastname@example.org
James Skinner – 07952915870 – email@example.com