Court rules on NHS care for asylum seekers

GPs might 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 GP surgeries 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 chair Dr Richard Vautrey said: ‘We have a responsibility to provide professional care to all those in the country, particularly the most vulnerable.'

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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