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Meeting the healthcare needs of refugees and asylum seekers

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 08 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1291
  1. David Barr, Clerk (,
  2. J B Ashton, Medical secretary
  1. Kent Local Medical Committee, Suite 1, First Floor, Tenacre Court, Herrietsham, Kent ME10 1AH

    EDITOR—Kent has around 4000 asylum seekers, many of whom are not registered with a general practitioner. The local medical committee recently wrote to all the members of parliament (MPs) in Kent seeking separate central funding to provide adequate services for refugees and asylum seekers. The committee was concerned that an effective service was unlikely to be provided unless funds were separately identified and also that funds for general medical services would be used to provide a service that takes money from the population as a …

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