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WEB 1128 Entitlement to NHS Health Care and Charging: Representing Migrant Clients in the Hostile Environment (FREE WEBINAR)

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This webinar is FREE and you can book your place HERE. We would welcome those who can to donate towards the work of Maternity Action here to help them to continue to undertake their fantastic work within the sector. 

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.

Maternity Action is the UK’s maternity rights charity dedicated to promoting, protecting and enhancing the rights of all pregnant women, new mothers and their families to employment, social security and health care. The Migrant Women’s Rights Service provides advice and training to midwives and voluntary sector workers on housing, income and healthcare for migrant, refugee and asylum seeking women. You can find out more about Maternity Action's work here


December 9
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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. 
CPD Hours:
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.
Spaces Left:
Basic, Intermediate, Advanced
Immigration practitioners, Public Law practitioners and others working with clients subject to NHS charging