Dutch minister warns that illegal immigrants must receive careBMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7193.1234 (Published 08 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1234
- Tony Sheldon
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 …