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Refugees: Afghanistan

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 98279, tabled on 5 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether refugees under the Afghan Relocations and Assistance Policy and Afghan Citizens Resettlement Scheme will be provided with mental health support.

Answered on

11 January 2022

NHS England and NHS Improvement have asked all local health commissioners to provide primary care services for arrivals in bridging accommodation. This includes facilitating general practice registration for all individuals and an enhanced health assessment to identify and manage families’ immediate health and care requirements. This should assess trauma and safeguarding concerns, mental health needs, women’s and children’s health, long-term conditions, areas of public health concern, vaccinations and ensuring pathways to other priority services. Individuals requiring more specialist or extensive mental health support will be referred to the appropriate service.