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Doctors protest against “hostile environment” immigration policy spreading to NHS

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k1953 (Published 02 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1953
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ
Philippa Velhinho

Doctors were joined by nurses and the public in Westminster on 2 May to protest against the Home Office’s use of NHS services and staff to help with immigration enforcement.

Their prop was a spoof van, organised by Doctors of the World (DOTW) UK and the campaign organisation 38 Degrees. It parodied the “Go home or face arrest” vans that became synonymous with Theresa’s May “hostile environment” policy in 2013, when she was home secretary—but with a new message: “Doctors acting as border guards? 70 000 doctors and patients say ‘no’ to sharing patient data with the Home Office.”

The message refers to a petition urging NHS Digital and Jeremy Hunt, England’s health and social care …

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