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NHS failed to commission mental health services properly at Yarl’s Wood

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 08 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3812
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. London

Despite having more than a year to prepare, NHS England failed to commission mental health services that met the needs of vulnerable detainees at Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre, a National Audit Office report has found.1

The report looked at the management arrangements between the NHS and G4S and between the Home Office and Serco at the Bedfordshire centre, which houses mainly women and children who are undergoing immigration assessment. The private security company G4S has run health services at the centre since September 2014, but responsibility for the contract ultimately lies with NHS England.

The report described many of the residents …

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