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Donations sought to stop NHS giving patient data to Home Office

Donations sought to stop NHS giving patient data to Home Office

The Migrants’ Rights Network is crowdfunding for a legal challenge to stop the NHS becoming more involved in immigration enforcement.

A data-sharing agreement with NHS Digital will allow the Home Office to access previously confidential information about patients. The charity has applied for permission for a judicial review of this arrangement, saying that

This agreement violates patient confidentiality and puts vulnerable migrants at risk because they will be deterred from accessing healthcare.

The MRN is seeking £10,000 through the CrowdJustice platform to help cover its costs should the case be lost. At time of writing, 10% of the sum had been raised already.

Source: Migrants’ Rights Network, “MRN Legal Challenge against NHS Data-Sharing Deal”, 9 November 2017.

Conor James McKinney

CJ is Free Movement’s deputy editor. He tweets as @mckinneytweets.

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