Evidence shows that physical and mental health outcomes are worse for people who are not born within the UK.


Healthwatch Kirklees felt it was important to talk to people locally to identify health issues, inequalities and barriers in newer migrants including asylum seekers, refugees and people from emerging communities such as Romania or Poland, to gain an understanding of the health and wellbeing situation in Kirklees.

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Over the past two years we have heard stories from patients about penalty charges from the NHS Business Services Authority.

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