May 10, 2016
#RegistrationRefused: A Report by Doctors of the World UK
Many people living in the UK find it impossible to access mainstream health services, despite being fully entitled to them, due to fear, not knowing the system, having to pay charges or being wrongly turned away by frontline healthcare staff. Our clinic in London offers primary care and health and social advice from volunteer doctors, nurses and support workers for excluded people including asylum seekers, undocumented migrants, homeless people and sex workers.
As well as providing healthcare, we register those who are facing barriers with their local doctor. In 2016 we supported 1,906 people to access the NHS (National Health Service) and 91% of our service users had their cases resolved. In addition we offer screening, vital for public health, and we signpost to other services, including housing advice, destitution support and specialist counseling. We also run a fortnightly specialist service to meet the particular needs of women and children.