Below are details of upcoming and past events – which are not always organised by Docs Not Cops but are relevant to our work. If you would like a member of Docs Not Cops to speak at your event or run a workshop in your area, please get in touch.
25th January 2020: Patients Not Passports: The fight for our NHS in East London
When? 11:00 – 16:00, Saturday 25th January
Where? St John on Bethnal Green, 200 Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PA
How Much? Free! Please register via Eventbrite – 25th Jan 2020 Patients Not Passports event
The NHS as we know it is under threat, budget cuts and chronic staff shortages have brought it to breaking point. At the same time successive Governments have eroded the founding principles of the NHS, restricting access to care for migrants and introducing up-front charging, denying care to hundreds of thousands of people.
Aneurin Bevan, founder of the NHS, is rumoured to have said “The NHS will last as long as there are folk left with faith to fight for it” so join us on Saturday 25th January to find out how you can join the fight for our NHS.
Across East London campaign groups have been fighting back against the racist charging regime and the introduction of a Hostile Environment in the NHS, forming A powerful coalition of community groups, NHS workers, faith institutions, unions, and people affected by NHS charging. Whether you work in the NHS or not we invite you to join our #PatientsNotPassports campaign, come along for a day of talks, workshops, and action planning to find out what you can do.
Whats on? Full schedule coming soon, but you’ll hear from local campaigners, healthcare workers fighting back against charging, local politicians, and people researching the impact of the Hostile Environment.
7th March 2020 – Resisting the Hostile Environment: Training day – Docs Not Cops Glasgow
Docs Not Cops Glasgow are currently fundraising for this event – donate!
The training day will consist of a series of interactive workshops organised into the following themes:
– An Introductory plenary :
What is the hostile environment?
What is the asylum system in the UK?
What is happening in Glasgow: Serco Evictions
– Mental Health & the Hostile Environment
– Detention Centres & Healthcare
– Barriers to Accessing Healthcare
Systemic/institutional racism in the NHS
21st November 2019 – The challenges of accessing healthcare for “Illegal” and vulnerable migrants
Murray Learning Centre, LG 14, University of Birmingham, 5-6.30pm
Yajur Arora and Hanna Ellis from Docs not Cops Birmingham, and the University of Birmingham Medical School will join Universities Resist Border Controls and others speaking at Borders, Refugees, Solidarity, Resistance, hosted by Capital and Class/CSE Midlands.
This workshop aims to bridge the gap between academia and activism in relation to these questions of borders, refugees, solidarity, and resistance. It brings together researchers, practitioners and activists around a shared goal of both highlighting, and resisting, the damaging effect of Britain’s ever-worsening border regime.
20th November 2019: Justice For Simba – Ending the Hostile Environment
Victoria Hall, Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 2JB, 7-9pm, hosted by Migrants Organise, South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group, ASSIST Sheffield, Medact and Docs Not Cops
Simba Mujakachi had bleeding in his brain followed by a stroke in the summer which resulted in him being paralysed down his left side. Simba is a 30 year old fitness trainer, a Zimbabwean national and a refused asylum seeker. He came to the UK in 2003, is not supported by the Home Office and has no recourse to public funds. He was living with his British partner of several years in her flat before the stroke. He currently has no income and has been charged over £100,000 by the NHS for the care he has received. Simba and his family are active members of the local community and involved in many campaigns. Simba has suffered gross injustices, neglect and failures of duty of care.
Simba’s case is not an isolated one – there are many others in similar situations to Simba across the country, who are being charged extortionate fees to access the care they need. The Hostile Environment is a sprawling web of immigration controls embedded in the heart of our public services and communities, making life impossibly difficult for so many people in our communities, and particularly for migrants.
Join us at this event where we will highlight the negative impact of the Hostile Environment policies on individuals and communities.
We will hear from Simba himself and from his father Victor, talking about how we can build a solidarity campaign, as well as:
Sarli Nana – Yorkshire & Humber Organiser, Migrants Organise
Aliya Yule – Access to Healthcare Organiser, Migrants Organise
James Skinner – Medact
Dr Sophie – Docs Not Cops
Stuart Crosthwaite – South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group
Please come and show your support for Simba, his family and all the people suffering under the Hostile Environment, and to learn more about how we can win Justice for Simba, and end the Hostile Environment
12th November 2019 – Bristol Patients Not Passports organising meeting
St Paul’s Learning Centre, 94 Grosvenor Rd, Bristol BS2 8XJ, 7:45pm
11th November 2019 – Round 2 of St Mary’s Hospital Strikes
Docs Not Cops supports the strike by members of the United Voices of the World union, and recommend visiting the picket line near Paddington station in London. “The workers are demanding full equality of pay and T&Cs with NHS staff on the AFC contracts. The workers are currently outsourced to a cut-throat multinational called Sodexo which makes around £1 billion a year profit and treats the workers like dirt. There is no excuse for a two tiered, segregated workforce in the NHS, or anywhere, and the St Mary’s workers will strike until equality is won!”
7th November 2019 – Docs Not Cops Birmingham organising meeting
Location TBC, 6pm.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info – or see the Docs Not Cops page on the University of Birmingham Medical Societies website
6th November 2019 – Docs Not Cops London organising meeting
The Grayston Centre, 28 Charles Square, Hoxton, N1 6HT, 7pm
We will be de-briefing/reflecting on our 23rd of October actions and discussed exciting upcoming plans – new members & those who have not attended meetings more than welcome!
If you have not been to a Docs Not Cops meeting before and would like more details – or if there is anything you’d like to add to the agenda send us an email: email@example.com
2nd November 2019 – addressing the National Health Action Party 2019 conference on the Patients Not Passports campaign
23rd October 2019 – Counting the Cost of the Hostile Environment in the NHS
Please join us on October 23rd for two actions to mark the 2 year anniversary of the expansion of charging and ID checking across the NHS. There will be events happening simultaneously across the country – in London, Bristol, Birmingham, and Manchester.
We will highlight the harm done by racist Hostile Environment policies in our NHS. We will commemorate those who have died and suffered, and those who are currently suffering, as a result of these policies.
Join us to demand an end to all forms of immigration control in our health service and universal healthcare for all.
– Royal London Hospital, 17.00-19.30pm
– Lewisham Hospital, 17.30-19.00pm
Bristol facebook event (5.30-7.30pm at Bristol Royal Infirmary, hosted by Bristol Patients Not Passports)
Birmingham facebook event (5.30-7pm at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, hosted by Docs Not Cops Birmingham)
Manchester facebook event (5.30-6.30pm at St Peters Square, hosted by Docs Not Cops, Unis Resist Border Controls and Greater Manchester Keep Our NHS Public)
Brighton facebook event (17:30-18:30 outside Royal Sussex County Hospital/RSCH Brighton, hosted by Docs Not Cops Brighton)
For more information on charging in the NHS and challenging the Hostile Environment, see patientsnotpassports.co.uk
17th October 2019 – Banner making: Counting the cost of the Hostile Environment
6-9pm, Thursday 17th October at Medact, Grayston Centre, 28 Charles Square, N1 6HT.
We are holding an event on 23rd October to remember those who have been affected by the Hostile Environment (see below).
To prepare for this we will be having a banner making session at the Medact offices on Thursday 17th October (facebook event link). Snacks, Smiles and Solidarity all included!
Anyone is welcome to come help and feel free to bring any creative items, music or food.
3rd August – Akram Salhab at Labour Against Racism and Facism conference
When: Saturday 3rd August, 5-6pm as part of conference 12-7pm
Where: SOAS University of London, Thornhaugh St, WC1H 0XH.
Akram Salhab, Campaigns officer at Migrants Organise, who organises with us at Docs Not Cops, will speak on the closing panel at the Labour Against Racism and Fascism conference, titled “Everyday Antifascism”.
Facebook event: Labour Against Racism and Fascism conference
29th July – Docs Not Cops speaking at Reclaim the Power protest
Two members of Docs Not Cops joined the #PowerWithoutBorders protest outside the Home Officer – with Reclaim The Power, All African Women’s Group, Unis Resist Border Controls, Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants and others.
WATCH: Video of part of the talk we gave on the harm caused by the Hostile Environment in the NHS and the Patients Not Passports campaign.
25th July – Docs Not Cops speaking at Wimbledon Labour Party AGM
Dr Sonia Adesara spoke about our work. Wimbledon Labour Party AGM write-up.
24th July – Fck Govt Fck Boris
Boris will be sworn in as PM on 24th July. Docs Not Cops will join those ready to greet him. We will be ready to reject him. And we will be ready to reject every single one of his cronies and everything they stand for.
At the time he gives his first speech as PM, we will hold a street festival celebrating the power of our communities. There will be music and art. There will be noise.
Bring your friends + bring the volume – bring rigs, sound systems, portable speakers, whatever you have.
We will make ourselves heard – we will not let this man become PM without a fight.
11th July – Healthcare for all: a free evening of training and discussion around new NHS charging policies for migrants
When: Thursday 11th July 7pm to 9:30pm
Where: Lecture Theatre, Ground Floor, St Michael’s Hospital, Bristol. Hosted by Medact Bristol.
Understand the legislation & your role as a healthcare professional in today’s climate of uncertainty. Hear expert accounts of the impact of these policies on people’s health.
With speakers from:
The Haven (Bristol’s Refugee & Asylum Seeker specialist Primary Care service)
Bristol Refugee Rights (focal point for migrant support in Bristol)
Project MAMA (Maternity support charity for vulnerable migrants)
Free Pizza & Pudding!
29th June – Docs Not Cops workshop at Edinburgh Anarchist Feminist Bookfair
When: Saturday 29th June, 3-4pm
Where: City of Edinburgh Methodist Church
Docs Not Cops first formed in London in 2014 but more recently a group has come together in Glasgow. Come and find out what work they’re doing to resist the hostile environment within the NHS and how you can be a part of it.
Find out more about the bookfair and venue.
20th June – Experiences of Migration – film screening for World Refugee Day
When: Thursday 20th June, 6.30-8.30pm
Where: Newspeak House, 133 Bethnal Green Road, E2 7DG London.
We will be showing a selection of shorts exploring the themes of identity, inclusion and how we can contribute.
HAMSA – Caroline Spearpoint
Only My Voice – Myriam Rey
Flight – Laura Wadha
Entitled – Adeyemi Michael
We are delighted to be joined by Caroline, Myriam, Laura and Adeyemi who will introduce their films and join us in a discussion exploring people’s experience of migration and the impact of the Hostile Environment on migrant communities.
There will also be an opportunity to hear about what Migrant Solidarity Group, Medact, Docs not cops, and the local MSF group are doing in refugee and migrant health and meet other folk from the group.
The event is free to all, no one will be turned away.
Facebook event – Experiences of Migration, including trailer links
15th June – Hostile environment in the NHS: migrant charges
Where: Keep Our NHS Public Annual Meeting and AGM, Unite the Union office, 33-37 Moreland St, EC1V 8BB
When: Saturday 15th June, 2.30-3.30pm
Docs Not Cops campaigners James Skinner and Dr Sophie Williams spoke about our work at the KONP Annual meeting.
30th April – Patients not Passports: Challenging Far Right Policies in the NHS, Euston
St Pancras New Church, Euston Rd, NW1 2BA, London
Through successive immigration acts, the Government has introduced a border regime into the National Health Service. Migrants are now charged upfront to use the NHS, denied care when they cannot prove their eligibility or pay, and are having their sensitive data shared with immigration officials, making many afraid of seeking care altogether.
Join Docs Not Cops, Migrants Organise, Medact, and supporting organisations for the launch of the Patients Not Passports toolkit and learn how together we can bring down the Hostile Environment in the NHS.
Those affected by the policy, as well as healthcare workers and campaigners, will be on the platform. Speakers to be announced. Please book a space.
The evening will also include a free meal. The venue is wheelchair accessible.
29th April – Bristol Patients Not Passports meeting
St Pauls Learning Centre, 94 Grosvenor Road, BS2 8XJ, 6.30-8pm
Bristol Patients Not Passports is a new group who believe that healthcare is a universal human right and should be accessible for all. This meeting follows their “No Borders in Maternity Care” protest held to mark International Women’s Day (audio report). Go along to get involved in their campaign to end hostile environment in healthcare.
9th April 2019 – Ensuring Universal Healthcare in the NHS, UCL
Kennedy Lecture Theatre, UCL Institute of Child Health, 30 Guildford St, London WC1N 1EH, 6.30-8.30pm
Join Docs Not Cops, UCL Institute for Global Health, Medact, and Health Professionals for Global Health to find out about the impact of NHS charging regulations on migrants and the role healthcare workers have in improving access to care for all. This event will launch Medact’s Patient’s not Passports Toolkit and showcase a variety of speakers who will discuss how the policy may directly contravene the principles of universal healthcare.
This is a ticketed event – book for Ensuring Universal Healthcare in the NHS
27th April – Challenging the Hostile Environment in the NHS, Birmingham
St Martins Youth and Community Centre, Gooch Street, Birmingham B5 7HE, 2-5pm
The hostile environment in the NHS has had a devastating impact on migrant health, attacking the rights of patients as well as undermining the professional duties of healthcare workers. Upfront charging and ID checks are deterring people from accessing treatment and are completely at odds with the founding principles of the NHS. Find out more about:
- How NHS policies are affecting patients and healthcare workers.
- How we can join together to challenge the hostile environment in the NHS.
Everyone welcome. Organised by Migrants Organise and DocsNotCops Birmingham.
7th April 2019 – Your Health Day with PHM-UK, Tower Hamlets
Meet at Royal London Dental Hospital Car Park, E1 1DE, 1-4pm
This year on World Health Day people and communities from all over the world will come together to call for progress towards Universal Health Care. In the UK we are seeing the universal principles on which the NHS was founded constantly undermined by the privatisation and dismantling of our public health system and through the racist policies of the Hostile Environment. Increasingly people are being denied access to the services they need or being forced to pay for care they cant afford.
We’ll be joining Peoples Health Movement-UK in Tower Hamlets, at a soon to be announced location in Tower Hamlets, for an afternoon of creative action to celebrate Your Health Day and say it’s time to #ReclaimYourHealth.
No Borders in Maternity Care – Bristol, Saturday 9th March 2019
Supported by Project Mama, Bristol Refugee Rights, Bristol Defend the Asylum Seekers Campaign, Protect our NHS and others – 12-2pm, St. Michael’s Hospital, Bristol
Meet outside St Michael’s Hospital 12.00
March to BRI to hear migrants, medics and campaigners speak.
Supported by Project Mama, Bristol Refugee Rights, Bristol Defend the Asylum Seekers Campaign, Protect our NHS and others.
Scrap the charges for migrants in the NHS!
Since the hostile environment has entered hospitals, women without secure immigration status have not been accessing maternity care because they are scared of unpayable debts. This is unsafe for babies and mothers and increasing risk of poor outcomes, including death, low birth weight and the transmission of various diseases.
Women who have just given birth – are being sent threatening NHS bills and some had been chased by debt collection agencies. Women who do have the right to care are being deterred from accessing care & treatment they’re fully entitled to. This is an attempt to turn midwives into part of the hostile environment and causes extra stress for these frontline workers.”
Docs Not Cops Workshop – Liverpool, Sat 24th November 2018
Hosted by Liverpool Migrant Solidarity Network St Michael in the City, Upper Pitt St, L1 5BD
“Did you know medical staff are being told:
To racially discriminate against patients? To make patients pay for NHS care? To refuse treatment to patients if they do not present a passport?
Are you a: Medical professional? A patient?
Would you like to learn how to: safeguard the principles of the NHS? help members of your community? Start/get involved in a campaign?”
Resisting the Hostile Environment – Glasgow, Sat 10th November 2018
A day of workshops & talks about fighting back against the UK Border Regime.
Docs Not Cops, Unis Resist Border Controls, Corporate Watch (launching their new book ‘The UK Border Regime’), Living Rent Glasgow & Unity Centre
– How is the Hostile Environment currently functioning?
– How are people resisting it and fighting back?
– What actions can we take locally?
Travel expenses and childcare available for anyone who needs them / if you are able to donate towards the event costs it would be very appreciated.
New to the UK: Exploring the maternity needs and experiences of immigrant, refugee and asylum seeking women, Oxford, Saturday 10th Nov 2018
8:45am – 15:30pm, Chakrabarti Lecture Theatre, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus Oxford Brookes University, OX3 0BP. New to the UK midwifery conference website
- The needs of migrant women during pregnancy, birth and beyond. Their experiences of current maternity care provision in the UK.
- Strategies to improve the pregnancy, birth and early days of motherhood experience for migrant women and their families.
- Strategies to optimise maternity caregiver knowledge and skills when caring for this client group.
Refugees who are Experts by Experience
Health for all? Liverpool, Sat 3rd November 2018
10am-4pm, St. Bede’s Church. Health for all? Facebook event
An event aiming to bring together communities in the North West to hear more about the devastating impact of NHS charging regulations on individuals and the NHS more broadly, and collectively discuss building campaigns to challenge this policy. All welcome!
With Rayah Feldman (Maternity Action), Kitty Worthing (Docs Not Cops), James Skinner (Medact), Jo Rylands (Junior Doctor), John Grayson (South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group) and John Nicholson (Immigration Barrister)
Organised by: Keep Our NHS Public Merseyside, Save Liverpool Women’s Hospital campaign.
Supported by: Docs Not Cops, Medact, These Walls Must Fall, Refugee Women Connect, Asylum Link Merseyside, South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group.
Time to Get Organised! – Countering the Hostile Environment in Birmingham
11am to 2pm at the Meena Centre (located in the former Divya Group building) on Sat 1st December. The meeting will include a light lunch.
“The government’s hostile environment policy is permeating our society and services. It’s turning public sector workers and ordinary citizens into border control agents; causing incredible harm to migrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers; and isolating and dividing our communities. Come along to [Migrants Organise’s] meeting on Saturday 1st December to learn how the hostile environment is affecting people in Birmingham – and what you can do to help organise our city’s response.
At the event you will be able to:
- Gain a better understanding of the hostile environment and its damaging impacts
- Learn more about what communities in Birmingham are doing to counter the hostile environment
- Explore how you can unite with others to take practical action”
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Docs Not Cops Glasgow/Scotland – Open Meeting, Thurs 17th Jan
“We would like to propose an initial meeting to gather some people who might be interested, to start getting the ball rolling, to think about the biggest barriers are for migrants accessing healthcare in Scotland, what we might like to do and what actions we need to take to move forward.
Hopefully this evening will be space for brainstorming and action points.
EVERYONE WELCOME! Please spread the word, the more the merrier. This meeting is not exclusive to healthcare workers but anyone who has experience of these barriers, is interested in campaigning for no borders in the NHS. Also please don’t worry if you can’t make the first event, hopefully this will be the first of many.”
Bristol Patients Not Passports Meeting, Sat 2nd February 3-4.30pm
Hosted by Bristol Refugee Rights – St Pauls Learning Centre, 94 Grosvenor Road, BS2 8XJ
“a new group is being formed to take forward plans for:
– Launching a Bristol Group of Patients not Passports
– Contacting the CCG/local NHS trusts to show our opposition to the regulations
– Working with local GP surgeries to become Safer Surgeries
– Public demonstrations against this aspect of the Hostile Environment”
Immigration Bill demonstration – London, 28th Jan (postponed from original 16th Jan date)
Hosted by Schools Against Borders for Children – College Green, Westminster. Group photo 1.15-1.30pm
“On Wednesday January 16th, Parliament is holding the second reading of the Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill (pdf).
This Bill gives the government a blank cheque to repeal the EU law that gives EU nationals and others free movement and associated rights. It also gives ministers (rather than Parliament) more powers to amend existing immigration law through regulations, which are barely scrutinised by Parliament and rarely meaningfully opposed.The British public, rightly, was outraged by the violations suffered by the Windrush generation as a result of the hostile environment. The new Immigration Bill and White Paper do not learn any of the lessons of the Windrush scandal. Instead, they continue the worst aspects of the hostile environment, couched in the language of compliance.”