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Asylum seekers in UK receive poor health care

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 03 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1492
  1. Judy Jones
  1. MalmesburyWiltshire

    Refugees and asylum seekers often receive poor health care in the United Kingdom despite their entitlement to free NHS treatment, according to the Audit Commission. Some general practitioners have closed their lists to asylum seekers because of the “overwhelming need and insurmountable language difficulties” they fear will impact on their practices, the commission says in a report this week.

    A few willing GP surgeries bear an unfair share of the work as a result, even though ringfenced …

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