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Patients or Passports?: The NHS and the hostile environment

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The Cambridge Migration Society presents a panel discussion on the hostile environment and the NHS in the UK. We will be joined by representatives of Doctors of the World and Docs Not Cops who will discuss implications of the hostile environment on migrants’ access to healthcare. Docs Not Cops is a campaign group of NHS professionals and patients who believe health is a right and not a privilege. Doctors of the World is an independent humanitarian movement working at home and abroad to empower excluded people to access healthcare.

Speakers: Dr Peter Gough, Doctors of the World Dr Jessica Potter, Docs Not Cops

About Dr Gough: Peter has been an NHS Family Doctor since 1984 and in 2000 became involved in projects in Rajasthan, India addressing issues of migration, health, education, housing and the lack of opportunities for girls and women. Peter joined Doctors of the World as a volunteer GP in 2015 and regularly works in their clinics in East London, serving undocumented migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and the homeless. Many of the people seen in these clinics have suffered from psychological and physical trauma, even torture and he is committed to the contribution that Family Medicine can make to the rebuilding of lives.

About Dr Potter: Dr Jessica Potter is a respiratory doctor and recently completed her MRC -funded PhD. Her research used qualitative methods to explore how migrants with TB access healthcare in a UK context. She campaigns for the healthcare rights of migrants and against racism in the NHS as a member of Docs Not Cops. Twitter @DrJessPotter

This talk is part of the Cambridge Migration Society series.

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