New BMA book highlights human rights abusesBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7293.1014/b (Published 28 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1014
- Linda Beecham
The BMA has criticised the hardening attitude to asylum seekers in Britain in its new handbook on human rights for doctors.
In The Medical Profession and Human Rights: Handbook for a Changing Agenda the association criticises the way that the dispersal system has been managed, arguing this cuts asylum seekers off from support and advice from existing refugee groups. Many primary care doctors are struggling to cope with vulnerable people who arrive without warning, planning, or language support, it says. And they are confronted with people claiming to have …