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GP denies xenophobia

A GP has defended himself against allegations of xenophobia after he put up a notice in his practice stating he would not treat any more refugees.

Dr Vijayakar Abrol, a GP in Birmingham, told Pulse the demands of refugees were 'very peculiar' and he would not treat any more until his PCT funded him to do so.

He said: 'The asylum seekers could be of any race

but any asylum seeker has problems.'

Dr Vidhu Mayor, Professional Executive Committee chair at Heart of Birmingham PCT, said Dr Abrol's position was reprehensible.

'His statements smack of xenophobia,' he told Radio 4's Today programme.

Liberal Democrat health spokesman Dr Evan Harris said last week he would consult the GMC over Dr Abrol's 'discrimination'.

A refugee health centre is to open in Birmingham in 2003.

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