We are proud of Brighton's massive turn out for #BlackLivesMatter. Sussex Defend the NHS is pleased to have been part of this 10,000 strong event. You can read our solidarity statement here - and we want to highlight what you, as anti-racist NHS campaigners, can do now.
You can join us in campaigning to scrap extended charging in the NHS, including the NHS surcharge. This latest report from MedAct shows how the hostile environment is still causing fear and lack of access to healthcare for migrants - to the detriment of all of us. The Government was forced to scrap the NHS surcharge for NHS workers, but we support the call to scrap this charge for all migrant workers...please tell your MP that you do too!
You can also join the call for an independent inquiry into the disproportionate number of BAME deaths from Covid 19. Public Health England recently published their 'disparities report' but it was thanks to a whistleblower that we now know that there were pages missing, and that this missing section pointed to racism as a major contributing factor. This scandal must be exposed - more than 200 NHS and social care staff have died, with more than 60% of deaths being BAME staff yet BAME staff make up 20% of the workforce. Please sign this petition and write to your MP too.
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