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Identity cards may exclude vulnerable groups from health care, says BMA

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7461.310-c (Published 05 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:310
  1. Debashis Singh
  1. London

    Groups such as failed asylum seekers, frail elderly people, and people with serious mental illness may be excluded from access to health care if the government's proposals for identity cards with information about the bearer's right to public services, including the NHS, are introduced in the United Kingdom, the BMA has warned.

    The BMA's statement was a response to a report of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee published last week that gave broad backing to the government's plans to introduce identity cards, claiming they …

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