Cruel to take health care away from refugee claimants

Immigration officer shootsJuly 6, 2014 – Reported by The Globe and Mail  – It’s not often that a bad piece of policy dreamed up by Ottawa actually ends up endangering lives. But on Friday, the Federal Court found that cuts to refugee health care have accomplished exactly that, targeting vulnerable people in a way so harmful that Justice Anne Mactavish found it constitutes “cruel and unusual treatment.” The judge found that “lives are being put at risk.” The government now has exactly four months to restore refugee health care. It also has the option of appealing to a higher court. We’re not sure we can agree with the judge’s expansive interpretation of the court’s power to set government policy. But nobody can disagree that this government policy was a very bad idea.

via Cruel to take health care away from refugee claimants – The Globe and Mail.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s