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Migrants’ free access to the NHS and the perceived health care costs associated with it have generated much debate in the UK and even resulted in the introduction of a fee for certain non-EU citizens. Some politicians have blamed migration for the increase in waiting times, particularly in A&E. In order to inform this heated debate we have started a new project at the University of Oxford, investigating the relationship between immigration and the NHS. Our first paper investigates the link between immigration into an area and waiting times for A&E, outpatients (referrals) and elective care (pre-arranged, non-emergency care, including […]
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Lewisham Council supports World AIDS Day on the 1st December 2015. It is an opportunity to show support for people living with HIV, remember those who have lost their lives because of HIV and learn the facts of HIV today in the UK and worldwide. Councillors unanimously supported a motion proposed by Councillor Alan Hall supporting World AIDS Day but expressed concern at the the Government’s plans in the Immigration Bill.  He said: “These proposals will subject the most vulnerable asylum seekers and migrants living with and affected by HIV to further destitution and will undermine their ability to manage their health. This […]
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Extracts from the Implementation Plan 2014–16 The programme is subdivided into four main phases of work, these are:  Phase 1: Improving the existing systems  Phase 2: Aiding better identification of chargeable patients  Phase 3: Implementing the migrant health surcharge. The introduction of the health surcharge is being managed by the Home Office.  Phase 4: Extending charging Who will be charged? Non-EEA temporary migrants (including students and workers) Will be expected to pay a health surcharge as part of the visa process, unless they are exempted. This will mean they are entitled to use the NHS, as an ordinarily resident patient would, whilst […]
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This article was first published by Open Democracy The new Immigration Bill introduces hefty charges for migrants to use the NHS. It is a costly, wrong-headed insult to the migrants on whom the NHS has always relied. My father was an immigrant. He came to London at the age of 10 from Bombay in 1927. Having trained as a doctor at Barts in the years running up to the Second World War, when war broke out, he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps. In the immediate post war years, he campaigned for Nye Bevan, helping win the argument amongst GPs […]
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