Asylum seekers to receive NHS care

GPs may soon be able to refer failed asylum seekers for treatment in secondary care, under a recent High Court ruling.

Last week, Mr Justice Mittar ruled that current regulations barring failed asylum seekers treatment for long-term conditions breached human rights.

Currently, asylum seekers are only able to access NHS healthcare at GPs and accident and emergency units.

The court's decision could hamper a review by the DoH and Home Office into whether to stop all non-urgent healthcare for failed asylum seekers.

GPC deputy chairman Dr Richard Vautrey said: 'We have a responsibility to provide care for those in the country, particularly the most vulnerable.'

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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