Ethical and legal issues in caring for asylum seekers and refugees in the UK.

M. Hamill, L. McDonald, G. Brook, S. Murphy

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Inward migration to the UK remains topical and controversial as numbers continue to increase. Many immigrants have specific health care needs and may shoulder a large burden of infectious disease. Imposition of legal constraints can have a huge impact on the medical care afforded to immigrants. Currently UK policy is to treat, free of charge and with NHS resources, those who fulfil specific criteria. However an increasing number are being asked to pay for their treatment. Many health care professionals are confused as to current legal restrictions and require guidance on the associated ethical issues. We concentrate on provision of care to HIV positive individuals and use cases to illustrate some of the issues. However these issues are equally pertinent to practitioners in all branches of medicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-21
Number of pages5
JournalBulletin of medical ethics
Issue number203
StatePublished - Nov 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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