courtesy of Bristol City Council
The Migrant Rights Centre Bristol and Bristol City Council are launching a drive to improve access to healthcare for Bristol’s migrant community.
Working with local GP’s and migrant charities, the Migrant Rights Centre hopes to raise awareness of available health services and increase the accessibility of primary healthcare to all migrants in recognition on World Health day today.
Christien van den Anker, director of the Migrant Rights Centre Bristol said: “The UK is justifiably proud of the NHS and its guiding principle that every individual is entitled to free primary healthcare regardless of nationality or immigration status. We want to ensure that everyone in Bristol is able to access care and support from their GP’s when they need it.”
Graham Sims, deputy chief executive of Bristol City Council, said: “Bristol has benefited over many years from migration, economically, culturally, to take two examples, and we are committed to ensuring equality of access for all our citizens to services including healthcare. We support the campaign by the Migrant Rights Centre to raise awareness among all communities of services.”
Christina Gray, associate director of public health, NHS Bristol said: “The NHS is committed to ensuring equity and access to services for our diverse population. Public healthcare is in everyone’s best interests and we look forward to working with the migrant rights centre in taking forward this work.”
To launch the campaign, the migrant rights centre is inviting Bristol GP’s to participate in a policy discussion on increasing the accessibility of healthcare to migrants in Bristol next month.
Anyone interested in this campaign or in the work of the migrant rights centre Bristol can email firstname.lastname@example.org