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Nigel Farage and health tourism

Dr Shaun Griffin, Executive Director of External Affairs at Terrence Higgins Trust, challenges Nigel Farage’s recent comments about HIV and health tourism.

Published
17 April 2015
From
Terrence Higgins Trust
Nicola Sturgeon Signs Open Letter Condemning Farage Over HIV Comments

The leaders of the SNP, the Green party, and Plaid Cymru have signed an open letter organised by ACT UP London disputing claims made by Nigel Farage about HIV-positive immigrants.

Published
15 April 2015
From
BuzzFeed
UKIP wrong about HIV data and health tourism, say campaigners

HIV experts and campaigners have refuted claims by the leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) that most people in the United Kingdom with a diagnosis of HIV are foreign nationals who come to the country as "health tourists" with the specific aim of exploiting the NHS.

Published
14 April 2015
From
BHIVA / BMJ
"I am one of those foreigners": living with HIV in the UK

The statement by Ukip's leader Nigel Farage that the majority of people living with HIV in the UK are foreigners, who come here to access free NHS treatment, and who should not be let in, sends shivers down my spine. I was born in Italy, I moved to the UK in the late 80’s and happened to be diagnosed with HIV in 1997.

Published
08 April 2015
From
Open Democracy
We Asked Foreign Born British HIV Patients About Nigel Farage's 'Health Tourist' Comments

Has Nigel Farage got a point? Can a few thousand foreign born HIV patients be held responsible for the NHS's financial black hole? I went to meet some of these HIV positive "health tourists" to find out how their holidays are going and ask whether it would be cheaper for everyone if they they just went somewhere and died.

Published
07 April 2015
From
Vice
Nigel Farage on the NHS: Half of voters agrees that HIV patients cost UK too much money

Nigel Farage was last week slammed by a HIV-positive migrant for attacking the number of foreign nationals who receive treatment on the NHS. But a poll has since suggested that half of voters agree with the Ukip leader.

Published
07 April 2015
From
The Independent
HIV-positive man slams Nigel Farage for 'deeply offensive' remarks

Nigel Farage’s decision to use the TV debate to attack the number of foreign nationals receiving treatment for HIV has been attacked as “deeply offensive” by campaigners – including a Nigerian man whose life is being prolonged by the NHS. Bisi Alimi, 40, was diagnosed with HIV in 2004 but was unable to access treatment in Nigeria for fear of being revealed to be a homosexual. When he was outed in 2007 he came to the UK.

Published
07 April 2015
From
Independent
HIV: are 60% of those diagnosed not British nationals?

Analysis of Nigel Farage's claim: both the number and proportion given are inaccurate, and the data available records country of birth, not nationality.

Published
07 April 2015
From
Full Fact
Do foreigners come to the UK to get HIV treatment?

Experts say there is no evidence to support Nigel Farage’s claim that foreigners come to Britain primarily to access life-saving HIV treatment.

Published
03 April 2015
From
The Guardian
Nigel Farage's HIV claim criticised by leaders' debate rivals

Ukip leader used television debate to claim it costs £25,000 to treat each foreign patient with HIV, saying those born abroad account for 60% of diagnoses

Published
03 April 2015
From
The Guardian
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