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Letters Death of an asylum seeker

Urgent treatment must never be withheld from migrants

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: (Published 21 October 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6043
  1. Lauren Z Waterman, specialty trainee year 4 psychiatry
  1. South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, Maudsley Hospital, London SE5 8AZ, UK
  1. laurenzwaterman{at}

Dyer reports on the devastating case of Kelemua Mulat, a 39 year old asylum seeker who died after delays to her cancer treatment amid confusion over whether she was eligible for free NHS care.1 Regardless of whether migrants in England are deemed eligible for free NHS care, they are exempt from upfront charging for all NHS services …

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