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Refugees And Asylum Seekers

Volume 300: debated on Monday 10 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons refugees and asylum seekers are not included in the formula for allocating funding to individual health authorities, with specific reference to health authorities in London; and if he will amend the funding formula to take account of the health needs of refugees and asylum seekers. [14622]

Refugees and asylum seekers are already included in the population data which are used in the weighted capitation formula to allocate funds to health authorities.We are however asking the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation (ACRA) to look at all aspects of population statistics used for resource allocation. ACRA will also consider whether there are any extra unavoidable costs associated with ethnicity.