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SIGN HERE: E-Petition against charges for legal migrants using the NHS

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Mark Platt
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SIGN HERE: E-Petition against charges for legal migrants using the NHS
Posted on: April 22 2014, 09:18 am

Sign on to ACT-UP's Petition to Drop Clauses 33 & 34 from the Immigration Bill; 100,000 signatures means they're supposed to debate our request.

Here it is: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/63370

We've got a long way to go, so please send the petition around to everyone you know.  It's a good way to get everyone talking about how these dangerous measures will affect ALL OF US!

Here are some Talking Points:

What?
Clauses 33 & 34 in the Immigration Bill impose charges on (legal) migrants to the UK in order to access health services. Charges will come into force for visits to the GP, secondary medical services (scans, tests), and trips to the A&E.
 
Why?
The government claims that such charges will raise money for the NHS and will prevent people from migrating to the UK ‘just for the medical care’ (where's the evidence?). Please note that these charges will affect people in the UK legally, and people who have already been paying national insurance contributions.
 
The problem?
When financial barriers are placed on accessing medical services, fewer people go to the doctor—which may sound OK as a short-term cost-saving idea, but the consequences for HIV rates in the UK will be disastrous.

While HIV treatment will remain free for everybody, under the proposed legislation, the number of infections will increase, leading to more people needing treatment and increasing costs to the NHS in the long run.
 
How will infections increase? Around 60 percent (that’s two out of every three!) HIV cases are diagnosed not in a sexual health / GUM clinic, but rather through GP and A&E visits. For example, a patient sees a GP for a seemingly unrelated condition, the GP recommends an HIV test, and the patient is diagnosed. Placing barriers to access will mean that fewer people will be diagnosed with HIV. Undiagnosed HIV carriers are far far more likely to spread the virus than people who know their status.
 
Solutions?
The third reading of the Immigration Bill will take place in early May. Until then, ACT UP London wants signatures on its petition to force the government to begin talking about this issue.
 
Sign the petition, share it with your networks, and tell them we need #DocsNotCops!
 
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