General Practitioners: Asylum

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered at on 26 June 2023.

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Photo of Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle Green

To ask His Majesty's Government whether they plan to require GPs to provide, without charge, letters confirming the residential addresses of asylum-seekers and refugees seeking to open a bank account.

Photo of Lord Markham Lord Markham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

There is currently no plan to require general practitioners to provide letters confirming the residential addresses of asylum-seekers and refugees seeking to open a bank account. Asylum seekers and refugees are entitled to register for and receive general practice services in the same way as any other member of the general population. This is confirmed in a range of advice and guidance published by NHS England and the NHS more widely.

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