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Dutch doctors reject government advice on HIV testing in pregnant asylum seekers

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 05 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:336
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    Dutch doctors have rejected the advice of their chief inspector of health care that, before automatically offering pregnant asylum seekers or illegal immigrants an HIV test, they should first consider their patients' chances of being repatriated.

    Writing in the Royal Dutch Medical Association's journal, Medisch Contact, gynaecologist Dr Jules Schagen van Leeuwen argues that the advice seriously violates trust in the medical profession.

    “Anybody who comes with a legitimate request for help must do so in the knowledge that they will receive the best possible care.” This includes …

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