We were talking about the proposed changes to the NHS with the immigration bill currently going through Parliament at a community meeting today. Charging was discussed and how if people do not use GP services then they were more likely to use A&E which was confirmed by members of the community. Mortality rates and support during pregnancy and childbirth due to the proposed changes were also discussed and public health. Everyone agreed that the health aspects of this bill are yet another attempt to increase privatisation of the NHS through another back door.
This is a bill which affects everyone, beyond ethnicity – if you are sick and don’t get treated you will be less likely to work either voluntarily or in paid employment and will be spending less. If your immune system is less resistant you are more likely to be susceptible to an infectious disease and this could spread amongst families, communities, towns and cities. Scarlet fever is back, TB is higher than other Western European countries, malnutrition is increasing again.
Leeds No Borders is a well-respected local group who campaign on a number of immigration issues and to ensure ethical services are provided to those who need them. However, so far during the passage of the immigration bill, all of the Leeds MPs (including Labour and LibDem) have either voted for the bill or abstained.
LNB are trying to highlight the changes being proposed in this bill and how it affects everyone across all aspects of their lives. International students are also vulnerable even now:
Michel is in Leeds, please sign the petition to allow him to complete his masters, this is why:
I’m an international student, originally from Cameroon. I came to the UK with great hopes to study and improve my English and employment prospects. I am a MSc Supply Chain Management student at Leeds Met and have been since Feb 2013. Everything was going well until two weeks ago when I received this letter from the Home Office saying my application for my student visa extension has been refused .
As you imagine, I am under incredible pressure whilst my studies draw to a close as I have to submit my thesis by the end of May.
Since receiving this letter I feel totally lost and unable to continue to focus on my studies. To have to deal with the Home Office threats of deportation is just too much. All I ask is to accomplish my master program without this extra stress. I feel I have been treated unfairly by the Home Office who took over a year to consider my application. In this time I always paid my fees and continued to study so why now when I have just 3 months to go do they decide to interfere?
After paying £11,250 to Leeds Metropolitan University and hundreds to a solicitor and the Home Office in visa fees, I’m told to go leave without having completed my studies and will effectively end up with absolutely nothing.
Please sign my petition calling for Teresa May to let me complete my studies and stay for my graduation ceremony.