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6 November 2000

MSF WELCOMES RECOGNITION OF
ASYLUM SEEKERS CLINICAL SKILLS

Health union MSF today (Monday, 6 November) welcomed the Government decision to encourage doctors and other health professionals amongst Britain's asylum seekers to contribute to the National Health Service.

MSF Head of Health Roger Kline said today

"At a time of severe staffing shortages in many professions it is eminently sensible that skilled health professionals amongst the asylum seekers in the UK should be encouraged to contribute to the NHS, with additional training and support given where necessary."

"MSF has been deeply critical of the racism implicit in the talk from some politicians of "bogus" asylum seekers. Here is a real chance to make excellent use of much needed skills in a way that benefits all concerned".

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For further information, please contact

Shaun Noble, Press Officer

Tel:

(020) 7939 7043

0468 69 39 40 (mobile)

Roger Kline

Tel:

0468 69 39 34 (mobile)

Colin Adkins

Tel:

(020) 7939 7095

NHS press releases can be seen on the MSF Health web site: www.msfhealth.org

MSF represents 65,000 health service professionals including the Guild of Healthcare Pharmacists, laboratory scientific staff, medical technical officers, the College of Health Care Chaplains, the Community Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Medical Practitioners' Union, clinical psychologists, speech therapists, the Hospital Physicists Association and the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association.

MSF has 400,000 skilled and professional members in a wide range of industries. It is the UK's fifth largest union.


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