Right to Healthcare Card
As a result of unprecedented measures being put in place to deal with Covid-19 research has found that many people experiencing homelessness have found it difficult to register with a GP and access primary care services.
In response, Groundswell have been working with Healthy London Partnership and the GLA to make 20,000 ‘My Right to Healthcare’ cards available to people across London so if you can help distribute them to people experiencing homelessness please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Your name
- Service name and type
- Service address
- Number of cards required
The card is designed to help adults who are homeless to register and receive treatment at London GP practices; where people are often wrongly turned away for not having ID or not having a fixed address. Cards have been delivered to shelters, hospitals, day centres, food banks, drop in centres and other organisations across London but we need them to reach more people. The cards can be displayed by organisations for people to pick up or can be directly distributed by staff or volunteers; dependent on how your service is working in the current circumstances.
Together we have also produced a short, accessible guide on registering with a GP and what services they provide designed to be printed on a standard printer or can be viewed online.