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DT 1898 Entitlement to NHS Health Care and Charging: Representing Migrant Clients in the Hostile Environment

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This is an emerging area of casework and legal challenge.  Migrants face charges of thousands of pounds for essential treatment and the Home Office has a discretion to refuse immigration applications if an applicant has an NHS debt of £500, outstanding for 2 months.  Immigration practitioners and other frontline support and advice workers can help people challenge decisions on charging status, negotiate repayment plans, request waivers and make complaints to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and the Information Commissioner.  Solicitors and barristers can challenge charging by way of Judicial Review.
 
 

Event details

Date(s):30 April 2020
Start Time:14:00
End Time:17:00
Location:London
Level:Basic;Intermediate;Advanced
Audience:Immigration practitioners, Public Law practitioners and others working with clients subject to NHS charging
Main area:Immigration
Aim of course:To equip practitioners with the legal and practical knowledge required to:
 
  • Represent clients in challenges to NHS charges
  • Advise clients on their entitlement to NHS healthcare and charging
  • Advise clients on the effect of NHS charges on immigration decisions.
Topics:
  • The Legislative Framework, the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2015 and Department of Health Guidance
  • Entitlement to NHS health care.
  • Determining charging status.
  • NHS charging procedures
  • Data Sharing
  • Making representations to the NHS Hospital Trust.
  • Challenges   
    • Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO)
    • Information Commissioner (ICO)
    • Judicial Review
    • Legal Aid

Tutor details:Kamla Adiseshiah, Southwark Law Centre and Christine Benson, Maternity Action
Tutor biographies:Christine Benson manages Maternity Action's Maternity Care Access and Advice Service. She has practised immigration and asylum law since 2002 with a particular focus on representing vulnerable groups including survivors of torture, children and women. 
 
Kamla Adiseshiahis Solicitor at Southwark Law Centre, where she conducts immigration casework and public law challenges to NHS charging decisions.  She also works for Maternity Action on the Maternity Care Access Advice Service, advising on entitlement to NHS Maternity Care and Charging.  As the former Law Society Chief Assessor of the Immigration and Asylum Accreditation, she delivers training to prospective accreditation candidates.  She is a part-time Visiting Lecturer at Westminster University, delivering the Immigration option on the Legal Practice Course.
 
PriceMember Training Prices: £120
Non Member Training Prices: £240
Concessionary Training Prices: £60

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