Tuesday 24 January 2017 / 8:10 PM 2017 Press Archive / The Latest from Labour

Other public services should not be expected to cover for this Tory Government’s cuts to the border agency – Diane Abbott

Diane
Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary,
speaking after revelations that
confidential NHS patient data is being gathered by the Home Office to trace
suspected illegal immigrants, said:

“This
is unacceptable. We have already seen this government using schools to gather
immigration data on children. Now we find they are using the NHS in the same
way.

“Other public services should not be expected to cover for
this Tory Government’s cuts to the border agency. People could be
deterred from seeking medical care because they are worried their confidential
information might be passed on. This could do irreparable damage to the people
concerned and it may have public health implications. It should stop now.”