No immigration checks, says BMA

UK doctors should refuse to check the immigration status of patients who come to them seeking healthcare, the British Medical Association (BMA) says after delegates at their annual representative meeting in Liverpool passed a motion on Wednesday 24 June 2015 stating, “NHS staff do not have any role in policing immigration.”


The motion, passed by an overwhelming majority of delegates, called on the BMA to “issue clear instructions that the role of the doctor is to provide medical care when it is needed and that doctors should not involve themselves in any monitoring of immigration status.”


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