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Research Seminar: Health care and the 'Hostile Environment': A Political Pr...

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University of Essex Colchester Campus

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Dr Jessica Potter
Queen Mary University of London

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In 2012 the government announced an intention to create a really “hostile environment” for anyone living in the UK illegally. In that year rates of tuberculosis in the UK were higher than almost any other European country. In the UK, the majority of TB cases occur among people who have moved from high incidence TB countries. Earlier diagnosis and treatment reduces illness or death and prevents transmission. Ensuring earlier diagnosis for TB in ‘at-risk’ migrants and other marginalised populations has been a recent focus of England’s national TB strategy. Healthcare access is a complex, relational process. Within the trajectories of each individual patient that seeks healthcare there are influencing actors and contexts at every level.

I draw upon data collected between 2014 and 2017 as part of my PhD which explored how migrants diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) in the UK experienced accessing healthcare when they became unwell. In addition, I interviewed a number of gatekeepers acting within the healthcare borderscape.

Paradoxically, I show that the NHS has become a site of immigration control - a hostile borderscape - restricting access to care for migrants, consequently undermining national efforts to eliminate TB. Within this political project of (un)belonging, the guiding logic is clear: migrant bodies are worth less than citizens.

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