During the quarterly meeting of the Brighton and Hove Refugee & Migrant Forum in late April, Euro-Mernet team became one of the organisations calling for collective action in reaching out the citywide communities to explain the recent changes in the National Health Service (NHS) free healthcare eligibility.
Following a lively discussion on the recent comprehensive and complicated legislative guidelines on free healthcare, Euro-Mernet and several organisations proposed a series of future meetings to explore together the possible ways of explaining the legislative changes to the local refugee and migrant communities.
The first joint meeting of Euro-Mernet, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH), Doctors of the World, Brighton and Hove Healthwatch, Brighton and Hove Refugee Radio, and representatives from health promotion bodies and Brighton and Hove Refugee & Migrant Forum is expected to take place in mid June.
Organisations attending the joint meeting will discuss the best form of plain explanations for local refugee and migrant communities as to how the recent changes might affect their current healthcare entitlements. The organisations will also discuss the ways of minimising the impact caused by people not accessing healthcare appropriately.