FSRH joins Hands Up for Our Health campaign
Date: 29 Oct 2020
Type: FSRH Press Releases and Statements
The FSRH has joined a coalition campaign to call for universal and equitable access to NHS services during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. More than 40 organisations have already joined the Hands Up for Our Health campaign.
The Hands Up for Our Health coalition campaign calls for a united push for universal access to NHS services for everyone living in the UK, but particularly the most marginalised, with three key asks for central government:
1. To immediately suspend the NHS charging regulations, giving everyone the chance to see a doctor or nurse when they need to. This public health change is needed urgently as charging migrants for hospital services threatens the health of both individuals and the population during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
2. To carry out research and an investigation into the impact of charging regulations on individual and public health, including during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
3. To commit to improving access to all NHS services for everyone living in the UK as part of the government’s plan to “build back better”. This should include developing policy alternatives to the existing regulations.