Jun 30, 2018 — More than a year ago, we attended A&E in hospital. Whilst in the ward, we overheard a conversation between two doctors on that night. They were discussing an A&E patient who had just come in. Both doctors thought the patient might be an illegal immigrant, and they agreed to contact the authorities to assess the situation. These medical professionals were nice people, but they still decided to make that call!
What a terrifying position for a person to be in! What a decision to have to make when you are illegally in a country; whether to seek help and risk being caught, or to suffer in silence even to the point of risking death.
However, thankfully, the government backed down in May (2018) on an arrangement, under which the NHS would share ‘patients details with the Home Office, so that it could trace people breaking immigration rules.’ (The Guardian - 6 May 2018 https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/may/09/government-to-stop-forcing-nhs-to-share-patients-data-with-home-office)
Even more recently ‘25 cross-party MPs have signed a pledge committing NOT to report constituents to the Home Office for immigration enforcement, saying they will not act as border guards and will treat all their constituents as equals “regardless of their immigration status”. ‘ (The Independent Saturday 26 June 2018)
I applaud the actions of these 25 MP’s!
They have chosen to follow their own consciences, supporting all those that reside in their constituency, regardless of any political pressure to the contrary.
Keep fighting for people power!
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