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Deaths at UK immigration detention centres prompt concerns about inadequate healthcare

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 11 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5172
  1. Nayanah Siva, London

Three deaths of asylum seekers in the care of UK immigration detention centres in the past month have triggered police investigations and concern about the state of healthcare provision for detainees.

Two men died from suspected “heart attacks” at Colnbrook immigration centre near Heathrow airport, and another man committed suicide at Campsfield House detention centre in Oxfordshire last week.

Muhammad Shukat, a 47 year old Pakistani detainee, collapsed in his locked cell at 6 am on 2 July despite repeated calls for help from his cell mate.

“It sounds like he [Shukat] had classic symptoms of a heart attack and this poor 19 year old boy was banging on the door trying …

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