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Letters Deaths at UK immigration centres

Immigration centre healthcare should be transferred to Department of Health

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 13 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5776
  1. Frank W Arnold, doctor1
  1. 1Reading RG6 1QB, UK
  1. arnold_frank{at}

The three recent deaths at UK immigration detention centres will be investigated by the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, who will need to consider the organisation of healthcare in these centres to try to learn from them and prevent more deaths.1 Deaths to which clinical errors have contributed—which these probably are—usually have roots in the systems that the person relied on for care.2

When medical emergencies occur …

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