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Challenging the hostile environment

MRN contested the data-sharing agreement between the Home Office, NHS Digital and the Department of Health, which had been drawn up in secret in November 2016. It enabled the sharing of confidential patient information by the NHS with the Home Office for immigration enforcement purposes. In May 2018, the Government announced it would suspend the data-sharing agreement pending amendments, and the legal challenge was placed on hold. Later in November 2018, the data sharing agreement was withdrawn completely. This was our small but significant contribution to the creation of kink in the ‘hostile environment’

“Thank you for fighting for this vital cause – which goes to the heart of human rights, patient confidentiality and personal dignity. It speaks to the kind of nation we are and want to be. Good luck!” 

Anonymous supporter

Immigration enforcement

International students