NHS patient information sent to immigration authorities


The National AIDS Trust (NAT) is the UK’s leading charity dedicated to transforming society’s response to HIV. NAT provide fresh thinking, expertise and practical resources. They champion the rights of people living with HIV and campaign for change.

On Wednesday, January 25, 2017 NAT issued the following Press Release:

Yusef Azad, Director of Strategy, said: “We strongly disagree with the decision by the NHS to hand over patient information to the Home Office immigration authorities. Patient confidentiality is one of the cornerstones of an ethical and effective healthcare system.

“We are especially worried at the impact on trust in the NHS among migrants. They include people who have been tortured, or trafficked, people who have serious communicable diseases, people who have vulnerable dependents including children. The migrants affected by these measures retain the right to access a wide range of NHS services perfectly lawfully. They should have assurance of the same confidentiality rights as anyone else.

“A significant proportion of people with HIV in England are migrants. This sharing of information with the Home Office could well undermine HIV testing and care, and poses a risk both to individuals and to public health. We call on NHS Digital to suspend this service to the Home Office and consult properly on these proposals.”

On Feb. 10, 2017 BuzzFeedNews carried a story entitled: Ministers accused of “Out-Trumping” Trump:

“The NHS is now required to hand the Home Office the addresses of people it suspects of being in the country illegally under a new policy that has led to the government being accused of “out-Trumping Donald Trump”.

You can read the whole story here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/jamesball/trumping-donald-trump?utm_term=.twAMgd8m7#.rexrNRMkn