Article from The Morning Star
HEALTH campaigners in Manchester staged demonstrations on Saturday (13th March) demanding that health charges for migrants be abolished as part of a zero-Covid strategy.
Greater Manchester Keep Our NHS Public campaigners protested outside Manchester Royal Infirmary at noon.
Norma Turner from the group said: “The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants survey of migrants with no recourse to public funds found that 58 per cent would be afraid to access healthcare because they would be afraid of being charged for care or that their data would be shared with the Home Office.
“This makes it impossible for migrants to stay safe during the Covid pandemic.
“We call for an end to the hostile environment, otherwise there is no way that the pandemic can be controlled. Racism is bad for all our health.”
A second protest was held later at Greater Manchester Law Centre, calling for a zero-Covid strategy involving tighter lockdowns, efficient community-based contact tracing and other measures.