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Letters Asylum seekers' health rights

BMA is in denial

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 27 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:629
  1. Peter L Hall, chair, Doctors for Human Rights
  1. Pasque Hospice, Luton LU3 3NT
  1. peterhall{at}

    Despite the evidence that the 2004 charging regulations that bar access to free NHS hospital care violate refused asylum seekers' human rights,1 the BMA has never acknowledged the fact. Now the government has raised the stakes immeasurably2—the years of confusion, procrastination, hounding, and denial of hospital care3 will appear small beer if its threat to also ban access to free primary care is implemented this October, …

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