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Access to primary care for some migrants

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Joe Murray
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Access to primary care for some migrants
Posted on: January 13 2009, 09:04 am

Dear all
 
Adam Hundt, of Pierce Glynn Solicitors, is proposing a legal challenge on access to primary care services for some migrants.  Adam was instrumental in bringing a successful test case to the High Court on access to treatment for refused asylum seekers in April 2008.

Some PCTs, including Brent and Harrow, have issued guidance to GPs to wrongly turn away patients due to their immigration status. 

To take this challenge forward, Adam needs to identify a client who is:

1. Difficult to remove from the UK.  Barriers to removal could be due to nationality (e.g. Palestinian, Zimbabwean, Eritrean or Somali), because they are too ill to fly, or because they have put in a strong fresh claim for asylum or leave to remain on human rights grounds.

2. In reasonably urgent need of a GP.  This could be because they have a chronic illness that is being treated at hospital, HIV or are pregnant (they would need to be referred to Adam immediately after being refused registration at a GP's surgery).

3. Preferably in Brent or Harrow PCTs.  Other areas could also include Croydon, Lewisham, Hounslow, Barking & Dagenham, Ealing, Greenwich or Redbridge.

Please ensure that any clients you identify who might be interested in taking part in a case give their consent and would not be put at undue risk by taking part (e.g clients at risk of removal or who are particularly vulnerable). However, if you have a client that matches the three parts of the description above, please contact Joe Murray at joe.murray@nat.org.uk or on 020 7814 6756.

Best regards

NAT and THT
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