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Letters Health in UK detention centres

Immigration detention in the UK damages health and frustrates healthcare

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 15 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2104
  1. Kristine Harris, research and policy worker,
  2. Hilary Pickles, volunteer
  1. Medical Justice, London N7 7DT, UK
  1. k.harris{at}

The Windrush scandal exposes one aspect of an immigration system that explicitly aims to create a hostile environment for migrants. Dexter and Katona’s article provides a timely reminder of another, the locking up of thousands in immigration removal centres.1

Non-governmental organisations, official inspectorates, parliamentarians, and others have repeatedly drawn attention to systemic failings in immigration removal centres …

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