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.