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Spanish doctors protest against law that excludes immigrants from public healthcare

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 23 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5716
  1. Aser García Rada
  1. 1Madrid

More than 1300 Spanish doctors and nurses have promised to continue to treat immigrants without official papers, after a law was passed on 24 April that denied most of them access to health services.

The law, which was approved by the current conservative government of Mariano Rajoy’s People’s Party (PP), comes into force on 1 September. It is estimated that it could affect between 150 000 and 300 000 immigrants “not registered or authorised as residents.” This group will have access only to emergency, maternity, and paediatric care, says the law.1

Doctors and other health professionals have stated their objection to the …

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