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Letters Treating failed asylum seekers

Access to primary care

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 01 June 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2193
  1. Peter Hall, chair1,
  2. Ina van der Loeff, coordinator2,
  3. Rayah Feldman, chair3,
  4. Rosalind Bragg, director4,
  5. Fizza Qureshi, project manager5,
  6. Marion Birch, executive director6,
  7. Yusef Azad, director of policy and campaigns7,
  8. Lisa Power, corporate head of policy and public affairs8,
  9. Sonya Sceats, policy and advocacy officer9
  1. 1Doctors for Human Rights, Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire WD5 0BE
  2. 2Global Health Advocacy Project, c/o 105 Millington Lane, Cambridge CB3 9HA
  3. 3Hackney Migrant Centre, c/o St Mary’s New Church Rooms, Spensley Walk, London N16 9ES
  4. 4Maternity Action, Grayston Centre, London N1 6HT
  5. 5MDM HEALTHlink-Médecins du Monde UK, London E14 4JB
  6. 6Medact, Grayston Centre, London N1 6HT
  7. 7National AIDS Trust, New City Cloisters, London EC1V 9FR
  8. 8Terrence Higgins Trust, London WC1X 8DP
  9. 9Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, London N7 7JW
  1. peterhall{at}

    Newdick’s editorial on failed asylum seekers’ legal entitlements to free NHS health care requires comment.1

    Firstly, nobody is excluded by law from free NHS primary health care because of their residency or immigration status. General practitioners retain a discretion to register failed asylum seekers to the same extent that …

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