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Doctors should refuse to check patients’ immigration status, says BMA

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 30 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3468
  1. Tom Moberly, editor, BMJ Careers

UK doctors should refuse to check the immigration status of patients who come to them seeking healthcare, the BMA has said.

Delegates at the BMA’s annual representative meeting in Liverpool passed a motion on Wednesday 24 June stating, “NHS staff do not have any role in policing immigration.”

The motion, passed by an overwhelming majority of delegates, called on the BMA to “issue clear instructions that the role of the doctor is to provide medical care when it is needed and that doctors should not involve themselves in any monitoring of immigration status.” It also asked the …

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