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The Royal College of Midwives says its members are forced to & # 39; racial profiling & # 39; to perform when determining who is eligible for free care

Midwives urge the government to & # 39; harmful & # 39; Abolish NHS costs for foreign pregnant women

  • The Royal College of Midwives says its members must have & # 39; racial profile & # 39;
  • It is believed that vulnerable pregnant women postpone important scans or tests
  • Some patients are afraid that they will not be able to pay the costs, says the RCM
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Midwives urge the government to abolish NHS levies for foreign pregnant women because they are potentially harmful to mothers and babies.

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The Royal College of Midwives says its members are forced to & # 39; racial profiling & # 39; to perform when determining who is eligible for free care.

The organization – representing 47,000 midwives – is expected to formally pursue a policy calling for costs to be suspended at their conference later today.

They will become members of the British Medical Association, the trade union of doctors, which is lobbying the government to drop the costs after they call them & # 39; racist & # 39; have convicted.

The Royal College of Midwives says its members are forced to & # 39; racial profiling & # 39; to perform when determining who is eligible for free care

The Royal College of Midwives says its members are forced to & # 39; racial profiling & # 39; to perform when determining who is eligible for free care

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The RCM believes that vulnerable pregnant women, some of whom may be illegal immigrants, postpone important scans or tests and avoid any post-birth checks.

Some patients are worried that they will not be able to pay the costs, while others are afraid of being detained and deported by immigration officials, the College claims.

A report from the College on the views of midwives states: & # 39; Several midwives were concerned about racial profiling and discrimination in assessing whether women were eligible for care. & # 39;

One midwife said she felt & # 39; worked for the home office & # 39; while another said her job & # 39; was about indictments & # 39 ;.

Gill Walton CEO and General Secretary of the Royal College of Midwives said: & # 39; The RCM is committed to supporting our members in providing safe, high-quality care and cost recovery is a barrier to this. We believe that maternity care should be exempt from NHS levies to protect and promote the health of mothers and newborns.

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& # 39; Therefore, the RCM calls for the tax regime to be suspended until the government can prove that this policy does no harm and jeopardizes our common ambition to make England the safest place in the world to have a baby .

& # 39; Women affected by these charges are among the most vulnerable people in our society. Research has shown that taking maternity care into account reduces the chance that vulnerable migrant women will receive care.

& # 39; These women are at greater risk of poor maternal health outcomes, including maternal mortality and premature birth. & # 39;

SHOULD THE NHS CHARGE FOREIGN WOMEN?

NHS employees are legally obliged to tax foreign patients before they start treatment since October 2017.

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By law, only patients who are classified as & # 39; just resident & # 39; in the UK – who have lived here for at least six months and pay taxes – are entitled to free NHS care in hospitals.

Everyone else must be taxed and the NHS staff is meant to ask new patients for passports or utility bills to check if they are usually residents.

NHS employees are legally obliged to tax foreign patients before they start treatment since October 2017.

But figures from the Mail last month showed that hospitals collectively owed £ 150 million to foreign patients who had not yet paid their bills.

Two London academic hospitals, Barts Health and Kings College Hospital, revealed that they were each chasing £ 28 million in unpaid bills.

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Yesterday, health secretary Matt Hancock announced that he was giving an extra £ 1 million to a central team charged with recovering these costs.

The team was established last year to help the most affected hospitals and ensure that they properly identify foreign patients.

Hancock said: “Our beloved NHS is known worldwide for providing high-quality healthcare and is able to do so thanks to the valuable contributions of hard-working taxpayers – so it is reasonable that we ask foreign visitors to pay their way as well .

& # 39; This new drive will help reclaim millions of unclaimed funds for our NHS that can go back to primary care, so that the NHS can be there for all of us when we need it most. & # 39;

By law, only patients who are classified as & # 39; just resident & # 39; in the UK – who have lived here for at least six months and pay taxes – are entitled to free NHS care in hospitals.

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Everyone else must be taxed and the NHS staff is meant to ask new patients for passports or utility bills to check if they are usually residents.

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