Equality and Human Rights Commission report: The lived experiences of access to healthcare for people seeking and refused asylum

Fears of UK government policy highlight the ‘chilling effect’ of immigration policy on access to healthcare.

This is according to a November 2018 report (pdf) from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) on access to healthcare for those seeking asylum.

The report also finds that:

  • There are clear barriers to accessing healthcare both at systemic policy level and in implementation and practice.
  • People had been put off seeking care for fear of deportation and detention, or of accruing bills they could not pay.
  • Healthcare providers, including non-clinical staff, lacked knowledge and understanding which resulted in people being wrongly denied healthcare.
  • Fear of the possible cost meant people sometimes did not get antenatal and other maternity care early or often enough.

Read the full report at the EHRC’s website. (pdf)