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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.

Published
16 February 2015
From
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.

Published
13 February 2015
From
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.

Published
26 January 2015
From
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.

Published
21 January 2015
From
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.

Published
15 December 2014
From
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.

Published
10 December 2014
From
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.

Published
02 December 2014
From
The Independent
Farage's "people of quality"

Nigel Farage is simply exploiting both people living with HIV, and the stigma attached to HIV, for his own political gains. If he whips up a little furore to scare the public about HIV, whilst Ebola is in the news, he thinks he’ll have the public eating out of his hands. Don’t believe his poisonous lies, don’t let him have his way.

Published
16 October 2014
From
Beyond Positive
Nigel Farage defends plan to bar immigrants with HIV from NHS care

Farage, speaking during an LBC radio phone-in, was confronted by a Briton with HIV who accused him of “playing the race card” and that ramping up fear would make people with HIV hide rather than seek the treatment they needed.

Published
10 October 2014
From
The Guardian
BHIVA statement in response to the call by Nigel Farage to ban people with HIV from migrating to the UK

In response to today's comments by Nigel Farage in a Newsweek Europe interview, Dr David Asboe, Chair of the British HIV Association, said: "Mr Farage's suggestion that people with HIV should be banned from migrating to the UK is an example of the most deplorable kind of bigotry.

Published
10 October 2014
From
British HIV Association
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