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Westminster meeting hears of the health needs of asylum-seekers and refugees

04 November 2016

Health services should be culturally relevant and accessible, with trained interpreters provided, where necessary a meeting in the Palace of Westminster was told this week.

Dr Anne Douglas, the honorary secretary of our Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Psychology Section, also called for specialist NHS provision for traumatised asylum-seekers and refugees of all ages, such as that offered by The Anchor in Govan by NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.

She told the meeting of the contribution asylum-seeking people and refugees can make to our communities through both voluntary and paid work, and discussed how psychologists can facilitate this process.

The meeting took place at the invitation of Dr Lisa Cameron MP, a chartered member of the Society, who acted as chair. It was attended by our President Professor Peter Kinderman.

We are working to establish an official all-party parliamentary group in psychology with members from both Houses.

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