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UK government is failing to meet health needs of detainees

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 19 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1170
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. London

    The UK government is detaining asylum seekers who have health needs for long periods, despite this being against stated policy. The legal charity Bail for Immigration Detainees has also accused the government of failing to meet detained asylum seekers' health needs.

    The charity engaged a doctor from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in April and May 2004 to assess 13 adults and 3 children, detained under the Immigration Act, in an attempt to apply for their release on bail on health grounds. Médecins Sans Frontières was so concerned at the lack of protection for asylum seekers held in detention that it published a report in November 2004 highlighting the issues raised.

    The legal charity's report, Fit to be Detained, published this week, describes …

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