Open Letter to Members of the Parliament
ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE, HOUSING AND FOOD FOR ALL #healthandsafetyforall
We at Kanlungan, a consortium of Filipino organisations in the UK, are encouraged by the positive steps made by the sixty MPs that have written to the Home Secretary requesting that foreign nationals working in the NHS be granted indefinite leave to remain. In partnership with RAPAR, we now ask for your support in extending this to all undocumented and destitute people living in the UK and Ireland by signing this petition so that all people, irrespective of status, are extended human rights and offered hope and solidarity during this extraordinary period in the history of humanity.
On 27th March 2020, 37 organisations called upon the Prime Minister of the UK and the Taoiseach of Ireland to use their vested powers to instruct the British and Irish States to act immediately and in all ways necessary so that all undocumented people, destitute people and migrant people in the legal process in both the UK and Ireland are granted Leave to Remain. In this way every human, irrespective of their nationality or citizenship, can access healthcare, housing, food and sources of income from the State.
Yesterday, a Filipino migrant (Elvis, not his real name) died at home from COVID-19. He did not seek help from the NHS because he was undocumented and he feared that he would be reported to the authorities and charged thousands of pounds for treatment. His wife is also infected with the virus. She is still at home and will not seek help from the NHS because she is also undocumented. Migrants such as these – often working as carers looking after our society’s most vulnerable – have become undocumented through trafficking, falling through the cracks amidst changes to the law, and other situations out of their control. Because of their status, they live in perpetual fear. At a time in which urgent care is being extended throughout the nation, it is unacceptable that anybody should lose their life due to fear of seeking help.
Kanlungan Filipino Consortium
9th April 2020
Yesterday, Elvis die
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We need a public inquiry into healthcare worker deaths in addition to coroner’s inquests
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The Doctors’ Association UK (DAUK) has been lobbying for weeks for adequate personal protective equipment in our Protect the Frontline campaign. Despite our efforts and multiple reassurances the PPE situation has now become dire.
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To contact the NHS helpline, phone 0300 131 7000 , or text FRONTLINE to 85258.
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Story of Rose
Rose came to the UK with a visa as a carer, to work in a home for the elderly, 12 years ago. Her employer did not manage to gain an extension to her visa due to a change in the Home Office requirements for visas for migrant care workers. Rose had to leave her post in the care home but she managed to find work as a carer for individual elderly people in their private houses. She now has someone who pays her to go, ostensibly as a family friend, to look after their elderly parent in their nursing home. Rose lives with 6 others in cramped accommodation in London, all of them are undocumented.
This is now the time give Rose and care workers like her leave to remain in the UK.
Please sign the petition below
Many members of the Filipino community are frontline workers, nurses and care home workers, risking their lives to fight the spread of the corona virus in the UK, yet many of these are newly arrived in the country and under the UK’s immigration rules have no recourse to public funds if they get sick or have to self isolate.
Even more vulnerable are the many undocumented workers who have been working in care homes, in catering, in hotels and bars or as domestic workers, who have lost their jobs in the current crisis and who have no recourse to public funds. Without work they have no means to buy food. These workers often live in highly crowded accommodation, often several sharing a single bedroom. Because of their lack of legal status they are often too scared to seek medical help, even if they are showing symptoms of the virus, for fear of being arrested and put in a detention centre. There have already been deaths from the corona virus among undocumented workers in the Filipino community.