Lobby your MP on charging for vulnerable migrant women 2018
Please ask your MP write to to the Secretary of Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, asking for immediate suspension of charging for NHS maternity care and the urgent introduction of safeguards to ensure that vulnerable migrant women receive essential maternity care.
All you have to do is look for your MP using your post code. We've prepared a model letter that you can send as is. You can add your own message to the letter below:
"I am writing to you to express my concerns about NHS charging policies which are deterring vulnerable pregnant women from accessing essential NHS maternity care.
Many pregnant women and new mothers subject to charging for NHS maternity care are socially and economically vulnerable with many facing destitution, sexual exploitation and precarious living conditions. They face charges for regular NHS maternity care which start around £4,000 and rise to tens of thousands of pounds for more complex care.
Maternity Action’s report ‘What Price Safe Motherhood? NHS Charging for Maternity Care in England and its Impact on Migrant Women’ (www.maternityaction.org.uk/whatpricesafemotherhood2018) shows that women experience enormous stress as a result of being charged and can become incredibly fearful of accessing NHS services or adequate follow up care. Women are missing antenatal appointments and scans because of fears of incurring debt that they simply cannot pay and because of fears of being reported to the Home Office.
Maternity Care is classed as an ‘immediately necessary’ treatment and should not be refused or delayed for any reason, including any reason related to charging. Despite this, Maternity Action regularly encounters women who have been denied care or told they must pay in advance of receiving their maternity care. This includes many women who are entitled to free care but are wrongly assessed as chargeable.
I am asking you to write to the Secretary of Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, asking for immediate suspension of charging for NHS maternity care and the urgent introduction of safeguards to ensure access to care for vulnerable migrant women." (end)