This will involve health workers acting as border guards, checking patients’ immigration status before treating them, a proposed role the British Medical Association have condemned
Charging procedures in the NHS are already deterring vulnerable people seeking protection from accessing medical help, with significant consequences for their own health and wellbeing as well as public health.
We are also concerned that extending charges for healthcare set a precedent which can be extended to wider sections of the population
As “Docs Not Cops” say “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”.
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