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NHS is failing refused asylum seekers, says Refugee Council

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 09 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:988
  1. Claire Frauenfelder
  1. 1BMJ

NHS hospitals are failing to provide adequate maternity care for refused asylum seekers who are pregnant, the UK Refugee Council claimed at a conference last week in London.

Speakers from the council also said that hospitals were denying treatment to refused asylum seekers who are dying of cancer or who have AIDS, when such treatment was available to others in the same situation in other European countries.

The council told its “Safe from Harm” conference how changes made in 2004 to NHS policy to charge refused asylum seekers as overseas visitors (BMJ 2004;328:1217) is having an inhumane and devastating effect and that the policy was created without any evidence base.

Parveen Kumar, president of …

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