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Thank you for the news review (Helen Mooney;
Detention centres are bad for immigrant children’s health, study finds BMJ
2009; 339: b4219), which needs a small, but important correction.
We have not asked for a review of the medical records for all
children in detention, but, as our study states, we ask for 'a
comprehensive prospective study into the mental and physical well-being of
children in detention and ....for review of the current UK detention
policy as a matter of urgency'.
Children are held indefinitely in immigration detention centres, and
our study indicates that this has a significant impact on their physical
and mental health. This will require in depth clinical assessment and
Dr Ann Lorek, Dr Kim Ehntholt, Dr Anne Nesbitt, Dr Emmanuel Wey, Dr
Chipo Githinji, Dr Eve Rossor, and
No competing interests
20 October 2009
Kim Ehntholt, Anne Nesbitt, Emmanuel Wey, Chipo Githinji, Eve Rossor, and Rush Wickramasinghe