Tories demand health checks for asylum seekers

The Tories have added more fuel to the immigration debate and called for compulsory health checks for all asylum applicants at point of entry – so as to reduce the likelihood of diseases entering the UK.

The Conservatives' consultation paper, entitled 'Before it’s too late: A new agenda for public health’, also calls for the creation of a public health commissioner to raise health concerns with parliament and government departments.

Shadow Health Secretary Liam Fox said that the issue should be dealt with in a "rational" way as it was one which could easily be "hijacked by political extremists".

He said: “The UK is currently building up a frightening level of hidden illness. This is creating a huge financial liability for our health care services.

“Dealing with these issues is bound to be controversial. But politics should be about shaping an agenda rather than simply following one."


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