Stop the closure of The Horizon Centre - A Rare GP Surgery for People Seeking Asylum
”The UK has taken pride in offering sanctuary for those seeking asylum. Some have returned to their home country when it was safe to do so, however, many have settled and made a significant contribution to the culture and economy of the UK.” (Asylum Matters, The Centre for Social Justice, 2008).
These contributions include the ”Marks” in Marks&Spencer’s, the design of the Mini Cooper and the UK’s first fish’n’chip shop!
In recent years, political and media sensationalism has pushed the plight of asylum-seekers to the front of public immigration discourse – and wrongly so - in 2007, asylum-applications accounted for only 4% of total immigration (1).
The Horizon Centre in Salford is a specialised GP surgery that recognises asylum-seekers for what they are – human beings who, due to extraordinary circumstances, are in need of help.
Since 2004 The Horizon Centre has worked to reduce the health inequalities faced by asylum-seekers and helped arrange for support in housing, legal and social contexts - addressing a health and social need that GPs were finding difficult to meet.
The Horizon Centre offers unrivalled experience in dealing with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anger problems, bereavement, sexaul assault and child/adolescent mental health.
The Horizon Centre offers a rare, specialised service meeting many specific needs and challenges with a manner and experience that would be impossible to a ”regular” GP practice.
Meanwhile, a central element of the Horizon Centre’s is supporting patients who have been granted temporary leave-to-remain or refugee status through the (frequently troublesome) process of registering with a mainstream GP and further integration into society.
The Horizon Centre was opened for a reason and for 7 years it has been something to be proud of, whether you’ve known about it or not.
In 2012 NHS Salford is planning to close The Horizon Centre – but it’s not too late to change those plans!
Stop the closure of The Horizon Centre!
(1) Office of National Statistics (2008) ‘News Release: Emigration of British citizens fell in 2007’. National Statistics; Home Office RDS (2008) Asylum Statistics United Kingdom 2007. Home Office.
Stuart Graham commented
What a pity the right wing ranters do not have a better understanding of living in fear, waiting for the 4-00am call from state security. If they had they may well sing a different tune.
It is not beyond us to assess each case on its merits. Those who are economic migrants can be treated respectfully but firmly. Those who are genuine political asylum seekers should be helped. Above all, the way it is managed should be humane. And they should have access to medical help. Listening to the horrible treatment some folk endure for thinking/writing/saying 'incorrect' thoughts leaves me with the view that such care is essential.
What we have now is a mess.
The tabloid media (and that includes the Daily Wail) run these 'coming over here taking our jobs' articles which stoke anti-immigrant feeling. As times get worse this feeling will also be magnified.
As for the country asylum seekers end up in, it is a fact that our numbers are small compared to countries on the front line. Only today it was reported that a 1000 Syrians have fled into neighbouring Turkey in a couple of days.
Would much rather that our governments spent money helping folk rather than fighting illegal and unpopular wars and hanging on to virility symbols like Trident.
Hit the nail firmly and squarely on the head. Well done.
Though now no end of ......can't decently label them here .... will say you are a rascist or say something equally stupid.
Fortunately these so called do gooders will, when the immigrants finally take over, no doubt be stoned to death or shot.
If you leave your own country to seek political asylum you should go to the neares country that won't deport you straight away. That is the gist of the asylum rules. Other than the odd few folks who escape their alleged danger by stowing away on an aeroplane or ship most asylum seekers in this country should not even be here.
Send them all to the countries they should be seeking asylum from and then we could easily accommodate the needs of the handful that should be here.
I agree with Pitz. Aslyum seekers should not travel through other countries before seeking asylum. Many asylum seekers travel through Europe to reach the UK instead of seeking asylum in the first or first EU country they reach. Why are they waiting to come over here from e.g. France?! We are already over-populated and need to make this a less attractive place for those who see it as an easy way to get free healthcare/benefits at our expense while we have our own medical waiting lists and NHS problems to deal with.
Khalil Secker commented
"think about your fellow Brit before these parasites."
Well you're clearly a very compassionate and understanding person with a lot of sympathy for all those in need of medical care. I salute you.
The vast majority of asylum seekers actually do seek asylum in the countries bordering theirs, thus the countries with the most refugees are states such as Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, Iran. Also, many asylum seekers who do reach the UK are unaware of the destination they are approaching - they are seeking safety, not the chance to take advantage of welfare.
"The Horizon Centre in Salford is a specialised GP surgery that recognises asylum-seekers for what they are – human beings who, due to extraordinary circumstances, are in need of help."
This is not "pandering to asylum seekers" - simply offering asylum seekers the right to healthcare. This does not come at the detriment to "fellow Brit[s]", and due to our NHS, we have the ability to get doctor's appointments regardless of the amount of asylum seekers.
Asylum seekers should seek asylum in the countries bordering their own or the safest one. How many asylum seekers do we actually get from Eire, Isle of Man or the Scilly Isles. Shut the centres and save a lot of money one should be enough for the whole country. Stop pandering to asylum seekers and other people trying to justify their immigration to this country under false pretences.
Do you think it easy for an existing British citizen to get a doctors appointment, think about your fellow Brit before these parasites.