Protestors call for all migrants to receive free NHS treatment

A protest was held in Sheffield on Saturday at which campaigners called for all migrants and failed asylum seekers to receive completely free treatment on the NHS.

The protest was linked to the Justice for Simba campaign, a group highlighting the plight of one failed asylum seeker, Simba Mujakachi, who chose not to pay upfront for medication that would have helped prevent a stroke he subsequently had, upon which he was charged £93,000 for life-saving NHS treatment.

“His stroke could have been prevented by relatively inexpensive medication for a blood clotting condition that, as a refused asylum seeker, he was not entitled to on the NHS,” reported the Guardian newspaper.

The open-border activists demanded an end to “NHS racism”, calling out the organisation for having the audacity to charge those who have not paid into the system and do not have the right to reside in Britain for treatment they have at the British taxpayers’ expense.

Several pro-refugee charities and left-wing organisations including Black Lives Matter and Migrants Organise attended the event as well as Labour’s Sheffield Hallam MP Olivia Blake, as speakers slammed the NHS for not being “free for everybody”.

During Saturday’s protest, a petition signed by 75,000 people which called on the government to stop charging migrants for NHS treatment was delivered to the Royal Hallamshire hospital in the city, as campaigners held placards which read ‘No borders in the NHS’, ‘Patients not passports’ and ‘F**k your borders!’

The Justice for Simba campaign also demanded the Home Office to grant Simba refugee status and to fork out compensation to the failed asylum seeker for damages, placing the blame for his reluctance to receive preventative stroke medication on the so-called Hostile Environment.

A spokesperson for the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS foundation trust which manages the city’s Royal Hallamshire hospital explained how the trust was “sympathetic” to Simba’s plight but had “no choice but to adhere to national legislation on charging for care when the patient is not eligible for free NHS care.”

“At this point in time we simply do not have the authority to go outside the legislation,” the trust added.