Dutch minister warns that illegal immigrants must receive care

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7193.1234 (Published 8 May 1999)
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  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    Dutch health minister Els Borst has warned doctors and hospitals that it is “completely unacceptable” to refuse necessary medical care to illegal immigrants. This followed a recent case in which a Polish woman was initially denied an operation because her injuries were not considered life threatening.

    A doctors' human rights group, the Johannes Wier Foundation, which raised the issue through the health inspectorate, has warned that there could be more cases in the Netherlands in the wake of a new law which restricts illegal immigrants' social …

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