Asylum seeker medical care call

6th July 2010, Comments 0 comments


The Dutch Health & Social Services organisation says medical care must once again be provided inside asylum seekers’ centres. The plea was prompted by the death, on 27 June, of a pregnant Somali woman at a centre in the village of Leersum, in the central Netherlands.

The organisation says the death made it painfully clear that the current system, in which medical care is brought in from outside the centres, entails risks. “This drama is not an isolated incident,” said a representative of the agency, “and is a clear signal that something must change in the way care is arranged in asylum seekers’ centres.”

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