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Letters Healthcare in immigration removal centres

Many detainees shouldn’t be there in the first place

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 16 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2365
  1. Charmian Goldwyn, retired general practitioner
  1. 1Medical Justice, London SW13 0NX, UK
  1. chum.goldwyn{at}

I welcome the transfer of healthcare from the UK Border Agency to the NHS in immigration removal centres.1 I am a retired GP and have been visiting such centres as a volunteer doctor for the past six years. I have been involved with more than 370 asylum seekers, 306 of them in immigration removal centres, and at least 180 of …

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