This was the day after @RishiSunak announced that the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) – paid at point of visa application/renewal would rise from £400/year to £624/year (disgustingly, as he announced Coronavirus measures)
On 12th March we said:
* #ScrapTheSurcharge in its entirety
* Charging for NHS access is about govt tearing up universal care, not raising money
* IHS is an additional tax on migrants
* The IHS is motivated by furthering xenophobic & racist narratives /3 #PatientsNotPassports
Simba had a stroke
His family were told he only had a 30% chance of survival
Simba survived the operation, which involved removing a piece of his skull, but was left paralysed on his left side
In the stroke rehabilitation unit, Simba was presented with a bill for £93,000
As part of the ‘#HostileEnvironment’, the Conservative govt changed the law in 2017 so that ‘ineligible migrants’ have to pay up-front for ‘non-urgent’ care.
Yet even though Simba's operation was needed to save his life, he has to pay for it.
We've been campaigning against NHS charges since the 2014 Immigration Act, which introduced new immigration health "surcharges" - increasing the costs of visas for non-EEA nationals working, studying, or visiting families for longer than six months irr.org.uk/news/immigrati… /2