Including President's Column, news, and a news analysis by Jeanette Senior ('Asylum seekers - Who cares?').
On 4 June The Guardian ran a story with the bold claim ‘NHS psychologists refuse to treat “traumatised” asylum seekers’. According to the article (available from the online archive at www.guardian.co.uk), Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust had written to a GP stating that it was ‘not currently accepting referrals of asylum seekers’. The tone of the report was critical, saying that ‘asylum seekers are being refused treatment by NHS psychologists on the grounds that they are too traumatised, too time-consuming and have little grasp of the English language’. But what are the facts behind the headline, and what do they say about psychological service provision for asylum seekers?
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