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Home Office fights to conceal details of detainee’s death

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 25 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i460
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

The UK’s Home Office is trying to keep secret a report on the circumstances in which an immigration detainee died after being handcuffed throughout an angioplasty operation in an NHS hospital.

Mohammed Jakaria Chowdhury, who was detained at Harmondsworth immigration removal centre near Heathrow airport, died of heart failure in November 2012 at Harefield Hospital in northwest London. He was handcuffed for almost all of his week long stay in hospital, including while he was sedated during the operation. The handcuffs were removed only seven hours before he died in intensive care.

The charity Medical Justice was …

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