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Dutch minister warns that illegal immigrants must receive care

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 08 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1234
  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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