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Migrants' NHS care lifeline

6th May 2008

The Department of Health has said that a decision by the High Court in April will mean the health service has to "reconsider its decision" not to provide care to 11,000 people who sought asylum in the UK.

Richard Douglas, the NHS chief operating officer, said in a letter to health service chief executives: “The Department is considering options on a potential appeal, but unless and until the decision is overturned, the judge’s verdict is effectively the law and must be followed with immediate effect by NHS Trusts, Primary Care Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts when operating their charging regime.?

 

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