Hundreds protest Spanish health cuts targetting migrants
MADRID (AFP) - Hundreds of people demonstrated noisily in the streets of Madrid on Saturday to protest new cuts restricting free health care for immigrants who do not have full legal status in Spain.
Seven of Spain's 17 regional health authorities have already said they will refuse to implement the measure and many doctors and nurses have insisted they will continue to treat those excluded by the change.
Rights groups Medecins du Monde (Doctors of the World) and Amnesty International have also denounced the new measure as a violation of basic rights.
Previously, such immigrants had access to free care in the public health system. From Saturday however only children, pregnant women and people needing emergency medical care will be eligible.