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Letters Health in UK detention centres

Hunger strikes in UK detention centres: injustice provokes desperate protests

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 15 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2102
  1. Frank Arnold, doctor
  1. Medact, Grayston Centre, London N1 6HT, UK
  1. arnold_frank{at}

History provides helpful context to the editorial by Dexter and Katona about hunger strikes in UK immigration detention centres.1 On the 100th anniversary of the first law allowing some women to vote, the prime minister praised “Marion Wallace Dunlop . . . who staged the first suffragette hunger strike . . . the right to vote was not handed over willingly. Rather it had to be forced, over …

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