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Kosovans should not be sent home before mental health needs are assessed

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7443.790-b (Published 01 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:790
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The Home Office should assess the mental health needs of people who fled to England from the conflict in Kosovo before deciding whether to repatriate them because services are inadequate to treat them appropriately if they return home, a report has warned.

    The report, Mental Health Services in Kosovo, was compiled because increasing numbers of people who left Kosovo during the campaign of “ethnic cleansing” in the late 1990s have been told by the Home Office to return. The Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, a charity that works with survivors of torture and organised violence, was concerned to …

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