Attempt to ban HIV positive people from settling in UK aborts

MPs didn’t consider an amendment to the UK immigration bill which would have banned those living with HIV or hepatitis B from immigrating to the UK.

Amendment NC21 of the Immigration Bill, which was introduced by Dr. Phillip Lee, the Conservative MP for Bracknell, was not considered by MPs before the bill was voted on at Third Reading.

Dr. Lee’s proposal was also backed by Dr. Sarah Wollaston, the Conservative MP for Totnes who is also another former GP.

HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust criticised the “outrageous” amendment.

Daisy Ellis, Head of Parliamentary & Public Affairs at Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “It’s outrageous that a group of MPs are even proposing such an un-evidenced amendment. If implemented, it would represent the most draconian policy enforced on people with HIV by this country to date. It is to the UK’s credit that its Government, whatever its political stamp, has consistently refused throughout the past 30 years to put in place HIV-related border controls. Such a poorly thought through about-face would take UK HIV policy into a new Dark Age.”

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