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Stop using NHS patients’ personal information for immigration enforcement

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Sarah Radcliffe
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Stop using NHS patients’ personal information for immigration enforcement
Posted on: April 21 2017, 02:22 pm

The UK government and NHS Digital, which stores NHS patients’ data, published a deal in January to give the Home Office easier access to migrant patients’ information. This allows immigration officials to get hold of patients’ personal details, such as addresses, and then to track down, arrest and deport undocumented migrants.
 
Patient confidentiality is essential for NHS staff to be able to do their job – and yet they have not been consulted about this deal. Concerns raised by medical organisations have been ignored and the agreement was made in secret.

NAT is very concerned about the impact of the deal on vulnerable migrants living with HIV.
 
According to the Department of Health, the Home Office made 8,127 requests for data in the first 11 months of 2016 alone. This led to 5854 people being traced by immigration teams.
 
Doctors of the World are working with the NAT and Liberty on the #stopsharingcampaign against the deal.  There is a petition, please sign to help us get more than 10,000 signatures:
https://you.38degrees.org.uk/p/stopsharingNHSinfo
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