Ask your MP to sign Early Day Motion 56 on the suspension of NHS charges for maternity care
In January, a cross-party group of MPs tabled an Early Day Motion in support of the work of Maternity Action and others on the detrimental impact of NHS charges for maternity care, as highlighted in our September 2019 report Duty of Care.
The COVID19 pandemic has intensified the impact of NHS charging on women. Our advice lines have taken calls from women who had been visiting the UK and are now unable to travel home as planned due to travel restrictions in place as a result of the pandemic. Other women had planned to resolve their immigration status before giving birth, but are now unable to do so due to the closure of registry offices or understaffing in the very departments that need to process their applications. For all these women, immigration rules mean that they are not able to pay the immigration health surcharge, and as a result they will be chargeable for all the maternity care they receive in the UK.
The Early Day Motion has now been signed by 100 MPs from seven of the nine political parties in the House of Commons, but we are continuing to draw the Motion - and the need to suspend charging for maternity care - to the attention of as many MPs as possible. So we are asking that you email your local MP to urge them to demonstrate their support by adding their name to the Motion.
Enter your postcode below to find out whether or not your MP has signed the Early Day Motion, and if not then you will be able to write to them directly using our template email (you can also add your own text if you choose).
Thank you so much for your support.