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  • Guidance on overseas visitors hospital charging regulations

    Guidance for NHS bodies in carrying out their duties under the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2015 to make and recover charges for NHS hospital treatment from chargeable overseas visitors. It also includes guidance to safeguard the health of those not entitled to free hospital treatment and new guidance on sharing information on NHS debtors to subject them to immigration sanctions.

    27 March 2015 | Department of Health
  • Charging non-EU visitors to the UK for GP appointments ‘would backfire’, researchers say

    Charging non-EU migrants for access to primary care would increase health risks to the rest of the population and place an even bigger financial burden on the NHS, experts from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have warned.

    24 March 2015 | Pulse
  • Nigel Farage And Steven Woolfe At Odds Over Ukip's Stance On Terminally Ill Immigrants

    Nigel Farage set out Ukip's "common sense" stance towards immigrants in an interview on Wednesday, saying: "We want people who haven't got a life threatening illness." Hours later, he restated his position in his keynote speech on the party's immigration policy, echoing his position last year to stop immigrants with HIV coming to Britain. However, Ukip MEP Steven Woolfe, who has previously said that he was interested in succeeding Farage as leader, insisted that the party would not "turn away" people with life-threatening illnesses like cancer.

    05 March 2015 | Huffington Post
  • Migrant primary care charge proposals shelved... for now...

    Migrant rights campaigners can celebrate this week. It seems that ongoing lobbying has led the Department of Health to kick plans for new primary care charges for migrants into the long grass... Now we need to make sure they don't return in the autumn to haunt us.

    16 February 2015 | Migrants' Rights Network
  • Dept of Health - Charging for primary care de-prioritised and postponed

    At a meeting yesterday with the Visitor and Migrant NHS Cost Recovery Programme, the Department of Health announced that plans to extend and amend charging for visitors and migrants for primary care has been de-prioritised and will be subject to public consultation in autumn 2015.

    13 February 2015 | Migrants Rights Network
  • UKIP Health spokesperson: People with HIV shouldn't be banned from UK

    UKIP’s health spokesperson has contradicted her party leader’s claim that migrants with HIV should be banned from the UK.

    26 January 2015 | Pink News
  • Taiwan drops ban on HIV-positive entrants

    Foreigners with HIV are no longer banned from entering, staying or residing in the nation, after amendments to the HIV Infection Control and Patient Rights Protection Act were passed yesterday by the legislature. The amendments include the removal of Article 18, which stipulated that people of foreign nationalities were subject to a request for a recent HIV test report if they wished to remain in the nation for more than three months and could be deported or have their visas and permits annulled if the test result was positive.

    21 January 2015 | Taipei Times
  • UKIP forced to leave London offices after HIV activists dump horse s--t outside

    UKIP has been kicked out their offices in Croydon, after a group of HIV activists dumped a pile of horse manure outside on World AIDS Day. The party’s local chairman Winston McKenzie announced yesterday to Steven Downes of Inside Croydon that the protest “was the last straw” for their office owners – and UKIP will have to find a new home.

    15 December 2014 | Act Up press release
  • Blinded by Fear: How Politics Influenced Medical Policy in Greece

    There is no one particular reason for Greece’s stringent policies on HIV. Rather, the combination of political power plays, economic instability, and societal fear planted the seeds for criminalization of the disease.

    10 December 2014 | The Politic
  • World Aids Day 2014: HIV positive activists dump manure outside Ukip office in protest against 'bull****'

    HIV-positive activists have dumped half a ton of manure outside a Ukip office on World Aids Day, saying “what goes around comes around”. Members of the London-based Aids Coalition to Unleash Power (Act Up) said they wanted to show Nigel Farage what they thought of his recent statements suggesting people with Aids should be barred from entering the UK.

    02 December 2014 | The Independent
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