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GPs need training and funding in caring for refugees and asylum seekers

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 25 March 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:770
  1. Srinivasa Vittal Katikireddi, final year medical student (,
  2. Raj Bhopal, professor of public health (,
  3. Julia A Quickfall, nurse director
  1. 22 Appletree Close, Liverpool L18 9XN
  2. Public Health Sciences Section, Division of Community Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9AG
  3. Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland, Edinburgh EH1 2EL

    EDITOR—UK asylum seekers and refugees have the same rights to health care as the settled population. None the less, refugees report difficulties accessing health care—for example, in registering with a general practitioner.1 They are also sometimes registered as temporary residents, which is detrimental for continuity of care.2

    We sent a postal questionnaire to all 129 general practitioners in Lothian, an area in Scotland with an estimated …

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