Migrants must be able to access care without fear

Sun, 15 April 2018

National Voices repsonds to the Health and Social Care Select Committee's report on the Memorandum of Understanding on data-sharing between the Home Office and NHS Digital.

The Health and Social Care Select Committee has published a report condemning the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on data-sharing between the Home Office and NHS Digital.

National Voices has also expressed concern over the data-sharing.

Commenting on the report, Jeremy Taylor, Chief Executive of National Voices, the coalition of health and care charities said:

“There is no public interest in migrants being abandoned by society. They should be able to maintain their and their families’ health, and access care without fear or distress.

This data sharing is incredibly short-sighted. It will deter migrants from seeking medical help when they need it, which risks the increased spread of disease and migrants ending up in over-stretched A&E departments, should their untreated conditions become critical.

The sharing of data is often vital to medical research and service planning, but public trust will be fundamentally undermined if government uses personal information without people’s knowledge or consent for purposes unconnected to health.”

Contact

Andrew McCracken, National Voices’ Head of Communications, 020 3176 0737, andrew.mccracken@nationalvoices.org.uk.