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Letters Asylum seekers’ health needs

Transfer care to the NHS

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 27 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4694
  1. Hilary G Pickles, independent public health consultant1
  1. 1Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 2DD
  1. hilary.pickles{at}

    The current unsatisfactory healthcare provision for immigration detainees1 is likely to worsen with the proposed cutbacks in funding to the UK Border Agency. Hence full transfer to the NHS has to be accelerated, while noting the paradox that this group becomes entitled to full free NHS care only because of being detained. In the proposed new world, detainee health care …

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